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The Clements Bookworm: Art, Food, and the Politics of Race in the Age of American Expansion

Author Conversation with Shana Klein

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Still-life paintings of food look innocent at first sight, but were depictions of food merely delicious and pretty pictures to admire? Shana Klein's new book, "The Fruits of Empire," argues otherwise. This book talk will address Klein's research on representations of food to understand how they reflected and shaped conversations about race and national expansion in the United States. She will discuss the paintings, photographs, and silverware objects in the book and ask: Who do images of food serve? And at whose expense? The results are not always delicious.

Dr. Klein, Assistant Professor of Art History at Kent State University, is trained in the history of American art, with sub-specialties in African-American and Native-American art.

This episode was generously sponsored by Duane and Marilyn Kirking.

The Clements Bookworm is a webinar series in which panelists discuss history topics. Recommended books, articles, and other resources are provided in each session. Inspired by the traditional Clements Library researcher tea time, we invite you to pull up a chair at our [virtual] table. Live attendees are encouraged to post comments and questions, respond to polls, and add to our conversation and camaraderie.
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