Dissertation Defense: María Mónica Vallin

Candidate Name: María Mónica Vallin

Major: Spanish and Portuguese

Dissertation Advisor: Verónica Salles-Reese, Ph.D.

Title: PARA DESTRUIR POR EL GUSTO LA NATURALEZA DEL HOMBRE GASTRONOMÍA Y
CONSTRUCCIÓN SOCIAL COLONIAL EN MÉXICO Y LOS ANDES

This dissertation explores the hybridization and identity negotiation of
Spanish-American colonial society through its food and cuisine, and the different ways in which these were produced, consumed, and represented. I draw from archival data and canonical texts to investigate European and Amerindian alimentary habits, ingredients, and preparation methods at the time of the discovery of the New World, and how they modified each other during the colonial period. As certain products were adopted and others rejected by the conquerors, the Indigenous population also incorporated and managed its relationship to European ingredients and customs. These tendencies were not only incorporated in their daily life but reach us through written texts and the visual arts.

My analysis approaches the documents and paintings through the interrelationship of culture and taste from multiple perspectives, positing that just as culture defines and creates taste, taste also defines and changes culture, through a process in which an initial experience of rejection becomes pleasurable. This food-focused research opens innovative avenues to reading diverse literary and cultural objects, revealing evolving intercultural negotiations of what is exotic, edible, and palatable and how these values are represented in the 16 th , 17 th , and 18 th Centuries.

Tuesday, April 25 at 11:00am to 1:00pm

Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Intercultural Center, 270
37th and O St., N.W., Washington

Event Type

Academic Events, Dissertation Defense

Departments

Georgetown College, Spanish and Portuguese, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Cost

Free

Open to the public and the press?

Yes

Event Contact Name

Joanne Rappaport

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