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vii SERIES EDITORS’ PREFACE The University of Arkansas Press Series on Food and Foodways explores historical and contemporary issues in global food studies.We are committed to representing a diverse set of voices that tell lesser-­ known food stories and to provoking new avenues of interdisciplinary research. Our strengths are works in the humanities and social sciences that use food as a critical lens to examine broader cultural, environmental, and ethical issues. Feeding ourselves has long entangled human beings within complicated moral puzzles of social injustice and environmental destruction . When we eat, we consume not only food on the plate, but also the lives and labors of innumerable plants, animals, and people. This process distributes its costs unevenly across race, class, gender, and other social categories.The production and distribution of food often obscures these material and cultural connections, impeding honest assessments of our impact on the world around us. By taking these relationships seriously, Food and Foodways provides a new series of critical studies that analyze the cultural and environmental relationships that have sustained human societies. In To Feast on Us as Their Prey: Cannibalism and the Early Modern Atlantic Rachel B. Herrmann has assembled a group of extraordinary interdisciplinary essays written by ten scholars at various stages in their careers. In her deft introduction, Herrmann gives a useful overview of the scholarly literature on the subject and uses the ongoing debate about whether or not cannibalism occurred and with what frequency during the 1609–1610 Starving Time in Jamestown, Virginia to elucidate one of the major claims of the collection. She argues that although much scholarship on the subject has focused on ascertaining whether or not cannibalism took place, answering this question is a far less revealing exercise than endeavoring to understand what stories about the consumption of human flesh reveal about the people who first circulated and interpreted them. Together the contributors examine how various Native American, European, and African peoples defined themselves or were defined by others in relation to this enduring taboo. Throughout the text the idea of hunger is used both as a metaphor and to describe a physical sensation. Hunger to dominate, to explore, to understand, to explain, and to eat undergirded the cross-­ cultural encounters discussed in this volume, a fact that makes this important collection a vital contribution to the food studies canon. —­JENNIFER JENSEN WALLACH AND MICHAEL WISE viii SERIES EDITORS’ PREFACE ...


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