Session 8: Gastrogram: Sensory Consumption & the Interconnected Community

       If the conference opened with a series of literary and pedagogical treatises that engaged the critical faculties and preserved the status quo for what is expected at an academic conference, then this final session subverted that expectation with presentations that focused on stimulating the senses through visual and aural approaches to gastronomy, art, and culture. In this last section of the proceedings, our author reacts against traditional modes of literary criticism by severing the link between signifier and signified, instead allowing the aural links between words to carry the reader towards new modes—and indeed flavours—of critical inquiry.

       In “The Ambrosia of Utterance: Oral Kinesis, Poetics, and Phonemic Flavor,” Kimo Reder examines an enduring trope in global verse: words treated as food and phonemes savoured as oral fetishes, which together reinterpret the act of reading as a form of eating. Through an extended series of aptly named “sound bites” that quite literally feed into one another, Reder illustrates how the written page becomes a recipe for a neural microdrama between taste and sight, as well as a site where the seeing tongue overlaps with the tasting eye.