Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Cookbook Canon: How Women Authors Tamed the Domestic Sphere
by LaRoche, Amanda Ray, Ph.D., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2017, 136; 10599081
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation examines conduct instruction and identity construction found in popular commercial cookbooks of the twentieth century, including The Joy of Cooking, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and Entertaining by Martha Stewart, whose publications coincide with times of social changes. Specifically, drawing on nineteenth century literary traditions of conduct books, these cookbooks play a crucial role in addressing anxiety about the ideas and expectations of women’s roles and the domestic sphere during the twentieth century. I argue, The Joy of Cooking, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and Entertaining provide a touchstone for women that allows them to construct and reconstruct their identities, roles, and expectations within and outside the domestic sphere.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Laudun, John
Commitee: Ingram, Shelley, Wilson, Mary Ann
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: English
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: DAI-A 79/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: American studies, Folklore, Womens studies, American literature
Keywords: Child, Julia, Entertaining, Joy of Cooking, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Rombauer, Irma, Stewart, Martha
Publication Number: 10599081
ISBN: 978-0-355-52071-2
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