For the bookshelf: Food, Power, and Resistance in the Andes

Book cover of "Food Power and Resistance" by Alison KrogelFood, Power, and Resistance in the Andes: Exploring Quechua Verbal and Visual Narratives
By Alison Krögel
Lexington Books, 2011


Food, Power, and Resistance explores the ways in which artistic representations of food and cooks often convey subversive meanings that resist attempts to locate indigenous Andeans — and Quechua women in particular — at the margins of power. This book offers a dynamic, interdisciplinary study of how food’s symbolic and pragmatic meanings influence access to power and the possibility of resistance in the colonial and contemporary Andes. In addition to providing an introduction to the meanings and symbolisms associated with various Andean foods, this book also includes the literary analysis of Andean poetry and prose, as well as several Quechua oral narratives collected and translated by Krögel during fieldwork carried out over several years in the southern Peruvian Andes. Alison Krögel is an assistant professor of Spanish in the University of Denver Department of Languages and Literatures.

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