Il cibo dell’Altro
Cucine del mondo nei resoconti italiani di viaggio
Food is a language, a mass of signs: our preferences and habits in this field, revealing our taste, express our identity. Also in the universe of food, anyhow, identity is continuously related to alterity and submitted to process of hybridization: so, approaching to the Other means to share his food, too. Travel writing can offer lot of interesting materials in this perspective: significant case studies can be identified, in Italian literature, in books dealing with journeys in extra European countries, such as Costantinopoli by Edmondo De Amicis (1877), Viaggio in Barberia by Luciano Bianciardi (1969) or some journey reports from India (by Guido Gozzano, Alberto Moravia and Pier Paolo Pasolini). Finally, eating local food while travelling through the United States of America means for Italian writers to face modernity and to compare with a different way of life.
Keywords: Travel writing • Othering • Food