Preparing Soul Food: Investigating Performativity vis-á-vis Cultural Memory

Michelle Cowin Gibbs, Michelle Cowin Gibbs

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This article will examine how preparing soul foods comprised of cultural, social and personal constructions have manifested themselves into a performative representation of Black identities. I will analyze the preparation of popular Black American cuisines such as hot water cornbread and collard greens. Given the popularity of these soul foods, I will look for ways they inform and reveal the cultural, social and personal constructions that influence perceptions of Black identities and performances of blackness. This article is a way of discovering how food can contribute to the memory, meaning, and meaningfulness of Black experiences.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalThe Black Theatre Review
StatePublished - Jul 24 2022


  • Black performativity
  • soul food
  • greens
  • hot water cornbread
  • blackness
  • cultural identities


  • Arts and Humanities
  • Theater and Performance Studies
  • Other Theater and Performance Studies

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