English 101-005: Food, Feelings, and Film
Ms. Amy Li
Our relationship with food represents our innermost thoughts and feelings. This relationship can be very deep and telling. It plays a role in the way we evolve individually, culturally, spiritually, and socially, and politically. In “Food, Feelings, and Film,” we were given the chance to write about the importance of the role food plays in affecting emotion. In doing so, we created an assignment blog that covered many of these ideas through different modes and means of writing/expression.
These blog posts included cooking show scripts, voiceovers, photograph essays, etc. The specific blog posts I chose to revise and elaborate on for this anthology were “Sustainability at Emory,” “Breaking the Fast,” the “Eat Drink Man Woman” voiceover, my feeling pie from the film Waitress, and the photograph essay.
The assignment for the “Sustainability at Emory” post was to reflect and write about our experience with sustainability and how it affects our lives. I chose to start with this post for the anthology because I believe it was important for me to initially discover how important food is in my daily life and the lives of others. As I made the transition into college, I especially realized how and why locally produced foods hold such importance. The next post I chose was the food and religion assignment that I named “Breaking the Fast”. Our assignment was to reflect on food’s effect on our respective religions. I chose to include this post next because it spoke about how how food relates to my life directly. I think it was a nice transition from the sustainability post because my mom retrieves the meat we can’t eat on the Fridays of Lent from local farm markets.
Film played a huge role in the theme of this course. As a result, we watched films that related to food and ultimately had different assignments covering these movies. We watched the intro to “Eat Drink Man Woman” and were prompted to compose a voiceover for it. This was an interesting task because I had never done it before, but it allowed me to think and write creatively.. Next, I chose to include the feelings pie post. We watched the film Waitress, a film in which the main character used her pies as an expression of her emotions. As a result, we were instructed to make our very own pie depicting a feeling that we had been experiencing. I thought this assignment related to the theme of this class exceptionally well because it tied both food and feelings together. I had an amazing time constructing this blog post. Lastly, I chose to include the photo essay. One of our Course Learning Outcomes was to “compose text in multiple genres, using and engaging multiple modes.” One of these modes was photography. We had to compose a photograph essay and then introduce it using the feeling we chose to express through these photos. This was probably one of the most challenging blog posts for me because I had never done anything like this, but it was a lot of fun to experience it.
Revised #1: Sustainability at Emory: (Revised)
Original #1: Sustainability at Emory
Revised #2: Food and Religion: Breaking the Fast (Revised)
Original #2: Food and Religion: Breaking the Fast
Revised #3: "Eat Drink Man Woman" Voiceover: (Revised)
Original #3: Voiceover for "Eat Drink Man Woman" Video Clip
Revised #4: Waitress: The Feeling Pie (Revised)
Original #4: Waitress: Feeling Pie
Revised #5: English 101: Photograph Essay (Revised)
Original #5: English 101: Photograph Essay
Through each of these writings, I was able to understand each of the course’s key terms. Each of these posts exhibited a new genre. Genres of nonfiction and fiction were depicted through voiceover, reviews, photography, and typical prose writing. Each of these posts appealed to different audiences. For example, the sustainability post appealed to an audience interested in understanding why sustainability is important, the Amazon customer review appealed to dairy consumers who are interested in this milk product, the voiceover appealed to those who may be interested in movies that focus heavily on food, the feelings pie post might’ve appealed to people who have seen Waitress and therefore, might be interested in my own pie, and the photo essay might appeal to an audience who is interested in inspirational photos that bring about happiness, serenity, and stability.
As mentioned in the introduction, these posts related to the course’s learning objectives in many different ways. The photograph essay allowed me to write and compose in the mode of photography. We were also able to write academically and expressively. My “Sustainability at Emory” and “Breaking the Fast” posts were more on the academic side of the writing spectrum, whereas the rest of the blog posts I chose for the anthology allowed me to write and compose creatively.
One of the other course objectives was to work in stages to obtain a final product of writing. I firmly believe that I was able to work efficiently throughout the semester to be successful in fulfilling this course objective. Even this anthology gave me the opportunity to go back to some of my posts and revise them. For example, my introduction for the photograph essay wasn’t originally as strong as it could’ve been. I didn’t effectively include the emotion I wanted to convey in my intro. My first sentence stated, “Inspiration has the ability to introduce people to an endless amount of possibilities by allowing them to think beyond their ordinary beliefs and lifestyles.” I edited it to “The emotions associated with inspiration have the ability to introduce people to an endless amount of possibilities by allowing them to think beyond their ordinary beliefs and lifestyles.” Then, I later elaborated on those emotions associated with inspiration, such as happiness, stability, and serenity. I think it is also an accomplishment because I came to understand over the course of this semester that no matter how many times I will revise a piece of writing, there is always room for improvement. Ultimately, the assignment blog gave me a way to express my emotions in relation to food through both academic and creative pieces of writing.