You will prepare and submit a term paper on Food as Trope in the Works of Nora Keller and Jhumpa Lahiri. Your paper should be a minimum of 2250 words in length. Also in finding comfort in a common historical diaspora and identity with others who share and understand their loneliness and yearning for their native land. Moreover, Asian immigrants who come from countries suffering from poverty and hunger in their homeland and who come to America to search for a better life often see food as the symbol of a successful transition from poverty to a life of comfort and abundance. Thus, food often serves as a metaphor for abundance and a better life, something that often eludes these immigrants at home (Simal & Marino 2004 215). The existence of food as a metaphor in literature, often associated with Asian American writers made Brad Kessler proposed “A Gastronomic Theory of Literature,” a theory that sits on the idea that the presentation of food especially in the opening chapters of some literary works “opens doors to double and triple meaning” (cited Williams 2007 p.1). Three works of two Asian American fiction writers being discussed in this paper reflect an abundance of textual use of food as a trope. Jhumpa Lahiri’s A Temporary Matter and When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine involve the stories of a couple that slowly drifted apart after a tragedy struck them and a family that played host to a Dacca national temporarily living in the US concerned about the family he left behind in his war-torn country. Nora Keller’s Fox Girl, on the other hand, tells a story set in post-war Korea where two schoolgirls are caught in the harsh realities of life while growing up in America Town where GIs were stationed. In all these works of fiction, food is constantly used as a trope to symbolize the extremes of affinity and alienation and apprehension and reassurance. This enforces the idea that Asian American writers have an inclination to place much importance on food in their works, which is not surprising considering that food is the primary physical manifestation that differentiates the home of their birth from the country they now embrace as theirs. .  .
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