Anthony Greenwood's Confirmation Presentation

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Anthony Greenwood's Confirmation Presentation

We invite you to attend the Confirmation Presentation of Anthony Greenwood, a Doctor of Creative Arts candidate within the School of Communication and Creative Industries, in the Faculty of Arts, Business and Law.

Title:  Following the trail of food: a memoir and exegesis exploring food as mnemonic device, and sensory embodiment of place 

Presenter: Anthony Greenwood

When: Thursday, 6 September from 10am to 12nn

Where: Building E, 1.04

Abstract: The research seeks to answer the question: How can sensory embodiment of place (via walking and eating) act as a mnemonic device and assist narratological choices in memoir writing?

The purpose of the research is to craft a memoir and accompanying exegesis to explore the role of food and place in identity-formation. Specifically, the research will be undertaken via a series of food experiences and walks in Yorkshire and the West country in England, which are significant sites of my childhood experiences of food and family. I will focus on the first 12 years of my life and my relationship with my late father. The research aims to contribute new knowledge to academic discourses on: food as a mnemonic device, food and identity, and the phenomenology of creative writing practice. The proposed creative artefact is a food-focused personal narrative that aims to capture present-day experiences of the journey in England, as well as my reflections on the nature of memory. I will also include personal anecdote via asides and back-story.

As practice-led researcher, I will be participant-observer, and aim to document sensory details of place that would not otherwise be available without being embodied in those locations, which include: my birthplace, my childhood abodes (a sixteenth century public house, a 1950s tea-gardens, and an Edwardian hotel), and my father’s various childhood residences. I will re-create certain ‘food trails’ that include picnics, foraging for food, researching local food pathways, and being open to encountering new experiences of food and place that influence narrative choices, and aid in providing ‘new’ recollections of childhood. The accompanying exegesis will explore the knowledge outcomes of my methods, and examine foundational texts, including, but not limited to: David Sutton’s Remembrance of repasts: an anthropology of food and memory (2001), Robert MacFarlane’s account of walking and memory in The old ways: a journey on foot (2012), Thomas Larson’s The memoir and the memoirist: reading and writing personal narrative (2007), and Nigel Slater’s memoir Toast: the story of a boy’s hunger (2003).

Bio: Anthony Greenwood is a Doctor of Creative Arts candidate and sessional tutor in the Creative Writing faculty of the University of the Sunshine Coast. His supervisors are Dr Ross Watkins and Dr Paul Williams. Anthony completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Creative Writing at USC in 2016, where his research investigated the creation of a literary gustatory language, with a focus on food and identity. His current research continues to explore narratives of food, place, identity, and memory. Anthony has short stories published in Idiom23 and Gastronomica. Prior to academia, he cooked around the world before exchanging knife and chopping board for pen and paper.

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