Professor response to Domain entry 2: CHN/ITAL 190

Dear students,
We were thrilled with your second Domain entries and continue to be impressed with your insights, creativity, and investment in the material.

In this Domain entry you went deeper into the three sociological approaches to food and eating: functionalist, structuralist, and developmental. We were impressed with your depth of understanding of the approaches and of the movie content itself. You should be proud of your research and analytical skills. It was a delight to read your work. We particularly enjoyed those entries that explored sociological approaches through content-driven study involving detailed examples from the films. We also appreciated the supporting materials many of you included in your entries, such as drawings, pictures, designs, quotes, poetry, links, and tables.

Below are some suggestions for future entries:
1) Make sure when you are discussing theories in your entries that you use concrete details rather than generalizations from the film. The traditional lunch Master Chef Chu packed for Shan-Shan (and specific details about what he packed) and the example of Chef Primo’s outrage at the customer who wanted to eat two starch dishes at the same time (risotto and spaghetti) are fantastic examples that many of you used to illustrate sociological approaches to food studies. The specificity and detail of these examples shed light and clarity on the theories themselves;
2) make sure you lead into your entry with strong introductory and conclusion paragraphs, which first set the stage for what you plan to say and then tie your essays together. Introductions are the perfect place to establish the structure of your essay and provide an overview of your argument. Conclusions are a way to tie things up and talk about future research possibilities. You can also utilize storytelling techniques to introduce material at the start of your essay and then circle back to the story at the end. This gives your essay a round, circular structure that feels complete;
3) make sure you define the terms within your essay. If you are talking about the structuralist approach, you should define the term “structuralist” first before you move into examples from the film;
4) please read through your entries and conduct spelling, grammar and subject/verb agreement checks. It’s easy to make an aesthetic error when immersed in content so pour through your entries more than once with different aims in mind—a content read first, then a grammar and typo check. It often helps to print out your entry, write changes on the paper copy, and then return to make the changes on your computer. For some reason structural, content, and typographical errors jump off the printed page in a different way than they do on your screen and are often easier to find.

Wonderful entries, everyone. We are so honored to be working with you and we are truly inspired by your scholarship.


Christine and Hong

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