Article ID: CBB001550578

When Mothers Ate Their Children: Wartime Memory and the Language of Food in Syria and Lebanon (2014)


al-Qattan, Najwa (Author)

International Journal of Middle East Studies
Volume: 46, no. 4
Issue: 4
Pages: 719-736

Publication Date: 2014
Edition Details: Part of a Series: “World War I”
Language: English

This article explores the experience of the Great War in Syria and Lebanon with a specific focus on the famine that, combined with other wartime calamities, decimated the civilian population. Using food as its primary register, it looks at a wide range of largely untapped Syrian and Lebanese poems, zajal, plays, novels, memoirs, and histories written over the course of the 20th century, in order to illuminate the experiential dimensions of the civilians' war and to delineate some of the discourses that structured it. More specifically, it argues that the wartime famine in Syria and Lebanon gave rise to a remembered cuisine of desperation that is deeply informative about the ruptured world of the civilians' war.

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Authors & Contributors
Tsacoyianis, Beverly Ann
Buklijas, Tatjana
Calatayud Giner, Salvador
Eckart, Wolfgang U.
Elshakry, Marwa S.
Filtzer, Donald A.
Economic History Review
Medizin, Gesellschaft, und Geschichte
Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Journal of Jesuit Studies
Columbia University
Berghahn Books
Indiana University Press
Minnesota Historical Society Press
Food and foods
World War I
Science and war; science and the military
Public health
Nutrition; dietetics
McCance, Robert Alexander
Widdowson, Elsie May
Jeppe, Karen
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
20th century
21st century
Ottoman Empire
Great Britain
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)
League of Nations

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