Eating Your Way Out: The Culinary as Resistance in Ferdinand Oyono's Le Vieux Négre et la médaille
Food is increasingly being recognized as a major trope in the Western literary canon. The present collection and this essay are an example of the growing focus on literary discussions of food. In this discussion I have chosen to investigate food and, more specifically, what I call the culinary as a leading trope in African literature. Because the novel I will be discussing here was written in French, I will largely limit myself to French literary history and to the particular implications of French literature's engagement with the culinary and its other.