Communication ETDs

Author

Darla Antoine

Publication Date

7-1-2011

Abstract

The purpose of this thesis is to analyze a memoir/cookbook to highlight the unique role of food and recipes in relationships among women—specifically within mother-daughter relationships. The text highlights how food and recipes can become emotionally entwined in our life stories and in our relationships. Using cluster analysis, the analytical research of this thesis creates conversations about food and recipes as communicative vessels of intimacy and legacy among women and their daughters. Finally, this thesis demonstrates new ways food and recipes may help women navigate their own identities within both the psychoanalytical stages of the Oedipal complex and the psychological construct of the Mother archetype. The result is insight into how women may come to identify themselves as women—as a part of the ancestral and cultural sisterhood they are born into and as individuals.

Language

English

Keywords

food, recipes, mother, daughter, mother-daughter relationships, archetypes, identity, oedipal complex

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Communication

Level of Degree

Masters

Department Name

Department of Communication and Journalism

First Advisor

Gandert, Miguel

First Committee Member (Chair)

Foss, Karen

Second Committee Member

Trujillo, Michael

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