116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Savoring Francophone Literature: Léonora Miano’s Soulfood Equatoriale

Heidi Brown, Loyola University Maryland

This paper examines how food is used to talk about a wide range of topics related to Cameroonian history, society, and politics. It also shows how the market place, kitchen, and literary page are portrayed as priviledged feminine spaces of creativity, memory, and construction. 


In Soulfood Equatoriale, Léonora Miano affirms: « La civilisation est avant tout dans l’assiette » (15). This paper examines how Miano uses thirteen short stories about Cameroonian dishes to discuss a wide range of topics, including religion, colonization, slavery, national belonging, globalization, the environment, social class, the tensions between traditions and modernity, friendship, marriage, identity and sexuality. The market place, the kitchen, and her stories about food are all portrayed as privileged feminine spaces of creativity, memory, and construction.