Eating With My Mouth Open
Samantha van Zweden
This research aims to explore the ways that the lyric essay can illuminate the way that memory inflects our relationship to food.
Our sensory experience of food is intimately interwoven with mnemonic associations: personal affective memories amidst broader cultural tropes. This research looks at aspects of how food carries significance in our culture. It also looks at issues arising in the deployment of memory in a practice-led research context in the field of creative writing, working with its particular qualities, rather than in spite of them.
The formal properties of the lyric essay provide a space which can adequately represent the personal and cultural complexities of how we relate to food and how we experience and use memory in creative nonfiction practices. The central research artefact is the short nonfiction work Eating with my Mouth Open, a suite of lyric essays.