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Feeding, Educating, Dieting: a Transnational Approach to Nutrition Discourses in Children’s Narratives (Britain and Italy, 1850-1900)

Projektbeschreibung

Ernährung von Kindern im 19. Jahrhundert

Die Mangelernährung von Kindern ist ein dringliches Gesundheitsproblem, doch ihre Ursprünge reichen in Europa bis ins 19. Jahrhundert zurück, als auf dem ganzen Kontinent auch Esskulturen zur Herausbildung nationaler Identitäten beitrugen. Das EU-finanzierte Projekt Feeding, Education Dieting (abgekürzt FED) legt den Schwerpunkt auf eine vergleichende qualitative Analyse von Schilderungen über Mangelernährung in Kinderliteratur in Großbritannien und Italien zwischen 1850 und 1900. Die Narrative des Projekts drehen sich um die zentralen Merkmale von Charakteren, die essen und hungern, und vermitteln zudem einen dominanten Diskurs zu Geschlechterrollen, gesellschaftlichem Einfluss sowie körperlicher und psychischer Gesundheit. Das Projekt trägt dazu bei, derzeitige europäische Problematiken der Ernährung von Kindern anzugehen, und fördert in diesem Zusammenhang die internationale Zusammenarbeit in der Forschung.

Ziel

‘Feeding, Educating, Dieting’ (FED) is a comparative qualitative analysis of mal/nutrition narratives, i.e. images of characters eating/fasting, in 1850-1900 British and Italian children's literature. Adopting a new historicist and discourse theory approach to comparative reading of British and Italian narratives, the project examines nineteenth-century trans/national discourses about child mal/nutrition and assesses children’s literature’s role in circulating these discourses.
Child mal/nutrition is an increasingly concerning health issue in Europe, which prompted the EU to draw the Action Plan on Childhood Obesity 2014-2020. Concern for this transnational issue can be traced back to the late-Nineteenth century, a definitional moment for national identities. Countries with different histories and food cultures addressed the idea of growing a healthy nation looking at the raising middle-class values in a process that engaged food, health, and literature. Using England and Italy as a case study, FED examines a selection of 1850-1900 Italian and British narratives to develop a framework to analyse the circulation of nineteenth-century child mal/nutrition discourses through children's fiction, highlighting their transnational nature. This framework will outline the core features of characters eating/starving in the selected narratives and unpack how these conveyed dominant discourses about gender roles, social power, and the healthy body/mind.
As an expert in the application of new historicism and discourse theory to Victorian fiction, in FED I apply my main theoretical framework to the traditional comparative approach used in children’s literature studies to increase our understanding of how literature and food culture merge in national identity discourses. On a larger scale, FED promotes discussion on how literary studies can address current European issues such as child mal/nutrition and promotes international collaborative research on the topic.

Koordinator

UNIVERSITA CA' FOSCARI VENEZIA
Netto-EU-Beitrag
€ 183 473,28
Adresse
DORSODURO 3246
30123 Venezia
Italien

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Region
Nord-Est Veneto Venezia
Aktivitätstyp
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Gesamtkosten
€ 183 473,28