Polish American Ethnic Culture and Culinary Nostalgia in the Works of American Authors of Polish Origin. The Voice of the Third Generation: Leslie Pietrzyk’s and Anthony Bukoski’s Prose Cover Image
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Kultura etniczna Polonii amerykańskiej i kulinarna nostalgia w twórczości amerykańskich autorów polskiego pochodzenia. Głos trzeciego pokolenia: proza Leslie Pietrzyk i Anthony’ego Bukoskiego
Polish American Ethnic Culture and Culinary Nostalgia in the Works of American Authors of Polish Origin. The Voice of the Third Generation: Leslie Pietrzyk’s and Anthony Bukoski’s Prose

Author(s): Sonia Caputa
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Literary Texts, Studies of Literature, Philology, Theory of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: In American ethnic literature, food — apart from fulfilling a biological function — also hasa cultural role. Cookery, which includes all activities related to preparing a meal, serving or consuming it, but also simply treating food as nourishment, is an expression of cultural belonging and attachment to a particular ethnic group. A kind of culinary nostalgia is also observable in the prose of Leslie Pietrzyk and Anthony Bukoski, contemporary American writers with Polish roots. The foods shown in the debut novel by Pietrzyk and selected stories by Bukoski serve as indicators of ethnicity, specific emotional bridges, thanks to which the characters can be transported to the times of their childhood, thus being defined anew and achieving a sense of rootedness in a strange for them American land.

  • Page Range: 215-226
  • Page Count: 12
  • Publication Year: 2016
  • Language: Polish