Control and Resistance: Food Discourse in Franco Spain

By Lara Anderson

© 2020

Control and Resistance reveals the various ways in which food writing of the early-Franco era was a potent political tool, producing ways of eating and thinking about food that privileged patriotism over personal desire. The author examines a diverse range of official and non-official food texts to highlight how discourse helped construct and contest identities in line with the three ideological pillars of the regime: autarky, prescriptive gender roles, and monolithic nationalism. Official food discourse produced an audience with a taste for local foodstuffs, and also created a unified gastronomic space in which regional cuisines were co-opted for the purposes of culinary nationalism.

The author discusses a genre of official texts directed solely at women, which demanded women’s compliance and exclusive dedication to domesticity. Alongside such examples, Control and Resistance includes texts that offer resistance to the Franco hegemony. If the traditional view of food writing as connected to domesticity viewed such writing as apolitical, this book accordingly foregrounds food discourse as a place where identities were contested.

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  • Page Count: 192 pages
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This highly original book addresses the understudied connection between food and authoritarian control during the Franco regime.

Control and Resistance: Food Discourse in Franco Spain

By Lara Anderson

© 2020

Control and Resistance reveals the various ways in which food writing of the early-Franco era was a potent political tool, producing ways of eating and thinking about food that privileged patriotism over personal desire. The author examines a diverse range of official and non-official food texts to highlight how discourse helped construct and contest identities in line with the three ideological pillars of the regime: autarky, prescriptive gender roles, and monolithic nationalism. Official food discourse produced an audience with a taste for local foodstuffs, and also created a unified gastronomic space in which regional cuisines were co-opted for the purposes of culinary nationalism.

The author discusses a genre of official texts directed solely at women, which demanded women’s compliance and exclusive dedication to domesticity. Alongside such examples, Control and Resistance includes texts that offer resistance to the Franco hegemony. If the traditional view of food writing as connected to domesticity viewed such writing as apolitical, this book accordingly foregrounds food discourse as a place where identities were contested.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Iberic
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "Control and Resistance closes a huge gap in our understanding of Francoism and brings a wealth of previously unexplored primary sources and a rich repertoire of new theoretical tools into the field of study of Spanish Cultural Studies. It also ties together the issues of patriarchy, social control, domesticity, textuality, and nation-building, all through the exciting and under-researched set of sources."


    Eugenia Afinoguénova, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Marquette University

    "Control and Resistance is an important work in the study of modern Spain’s ‘foodways’ (food in relation to culture and gastronomy) and its intersection with the country’s history, politics and culture. The research is solid, and the texts examined will inspire further research."


    H. Rosi Song, Department of Hispanic Studies, University of Durham
  • Author Information

    Lara Anderson is convenor of the Spanish & Latin American Studies program at the University of Melbourne, Australia.
  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgments

    Introduction

    Food Discourse and Francoist Spain: The State of the Scholarship
    Franco and Fascism
    Francoist Discourse and Control
    Francoist Biopolitics and Food
    Food Discourse and Resistance
    Censorship in Franco’s Spain: Resistance, Oversight, and Food Texts
    Overview of the Monograph: Autarky, Gender, and Centralist Nationalism

    1. Food Discourse and the Production of Autarkic Subjectivities

    Eat more Oranges
    A Taste for Rice
    An Appetite for Culinary Patriotism
    Food Shortages and Culinary Abundance
    No Place at the Table for Hunger
    Pro-official Cookbooks in Times of Hunger
    Providing an Account of Hunger in Cookbooks
    Francoist Food Discourse: Autarky, Hunger, and Culinary Patriotism 

    2. Beyond the Kitchen: Food Texts, Gender, and Compliancy in Franco Spain

    Writing Women Back into the Kitchen
    Constructing Subservient Subjectivities through Cookbooks
    Cookery Instruction and the Authority of the Sección Femenina
    The Authority of Modernity
    Ana María Herrera and Manual de cocina: The Invisible Author
    Sección Femenina Cookery Manuals and the Professional Domestic
    The Gendering of Gastronomy: Sección Femenina and La Marquesa de Parabere
    Breaking the Mold: Non-Official Cookbooks
    Mi recetario de cocina: Sarrau’s Authorial Persona Emerges 
    La futura ama de casa: Constructing a Modern Spanish Womanhood
    A Broader Narrative of Franco-Era Cookbooks: Obedience and Resistance

    3. A Recipe for Spain: The Production of a Unified Gastronomic Space and the Gendering of Gastronomy

    Establishing the Borders of Spanish Food Culture
    The Gendering of Gastronomy and Food Discourse
    The Production of a Unified Gastronomic Space
    The Male Gastronome and National Unity: Erasing Regional Difference
    Guía gastronómica de España: The Eradication of Regional Diversity and the Exclusion of Women
    Cookbooks and Regional Ingredients in the National Recipe
    Isabel de Trévis and the Authority of Male Gastronomes
    Doménech’s Food Discourse and Nationalism
    Regional Cuisines: Minimized and Co-opted

    Conclusion

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