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The article seeks to reinvent the boundaries of visual studies by employing hybrid methodologies. In order to portray the difficult negotiation of tradition and modernity in post-WWII Italian food culture, I rely on a variety of documents and critical approaches.
A close reading of select images is rooted in art history, which is my primary field of expertise. Similarly, my art historical background is revealed by the frequent comparisons between illustrations and advertisements with various artistic sources, from Piero della Francesca to Mondrian.
Beyond referring to visual materials, the text includes quotes from seminal Italian novelists, such as Bianciardi and Calvino, whose work helps us understand possible subjective experiences at a time of collective social change.
My article also pairs art history with the use of qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis borrowed from the social sciences. By looking at both individual responses and statistical data, I paint a multilayered overview of Italian post-war food culture through images and their reception.
Julie M. Parsons, Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Volume 4, Issue 2, 1-13
Catherine Faver and Tina Schiefelbein, Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Volume 3, Issue 3, 57-63
Lyne Letourneau, Olga Carolina Cardenas Gomez, and Vincent Richard, Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Volume 2, Issue 2, 15-29
Robert Aidoo, Kwasi Ohene-Yankyera, and Vincent Abankwah, Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Volume 1, Issue 1, 1-14