January 2021

Before Farm to Table: A Collaboration with the Folger Shakespeare Library

Listed in: , as COLQ-320

Moodle site: Course (Guest Accessible)


Heather Grimes (Section 01J)
Darryl Harper (Section 01J)


Students in this course will be designated "Folger Undergraduate Fellows" and will join the research team for the Folger Shakespeare Library's investigation of an anonymous seventeenth-century manuscript recipe book from its archival collection. They will engage in a close reading and analysis of the book, looking at how it was put together and examining its users, contributors and sources. Students will consider issues of international trade and food justice, and they will uncover implicit knowledge and hidden labor encoded in the recipes. They will transcribe, edit, and adapt recipes, and even recreate them. Students will be brought behind the scenes to explore sugar cane fields, museums, and restaurants from around the world. Research will be conducted through a broad array of disciplines, including English, History, Anthropology, Psychology, Art, Music, Black Studies, Digital Humanities, Asian Studies, Political Science, and Statistics. 
Research colloquium in which students should expect to work, synchronously and asynchronously, eight hours each day.
Limited to 12 students.Admissions with consent of the instructor. January term. Professor Harper. 

If Overenrolled: Based on essays and interviews by Folger Committee


Attention to Issues of Social Justice, Attention to Research, Attention to Writing


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in January 2021