chapter  1
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How do food and eating in American films symbolize and embody power and resistance in American culture?

Food scenes, a regular staple of popular films, are more than meets the tongue and function more significantly than to just nurture the body and satiate the appetite. Although depicted as a seemingly natural function, food scenes in film not only signify social class, identity, and nationality, but also provide insight into the complex ways in which food and eating are entangled with other aspects of social/cultural development. A close observation of food scenes within the narrative framework of film reveals its powerful, coded, cul­ tural meanings that structure the arrangements of social life.