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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

What's in a Name?

As I launch headfirst into writing my dissertation, one of my main procrastination techniques is to take time out and think about the perfect title for my paper. The focus of the dissertation is the use of food as characters in I Love Lucy, The Beverly Hillbillies, All in the Family, The Cosby Show, Rosanne, Married with Children, Home Improvement, and Murphy Brown. The working title,"Why is it funny when food is out of control?" just doesn't cut the mustard in terms of wit and intrigue, so I turn to you.

All suggestions will be given equal consideration, and the author of the winning title will get dinner, cooked by me at some point in the future, complete with a lovely bottle of South Australian wine.

Come on folks, don't let me down!


  • At 2:30 PM, Blogger Kim Binsted said…

    Hmm. I'll think on it.

    In the meantime, you *must* check out Aaron's new site, You pose a question, and lots of people answer it while you watch. It's more fun than it sounds. For example, to find out how people feel about eating sheep's brain (the main course at my Hallowe'en party this year), see:

  • At 2:31 PM, Blogger Kim Binsted said…

    Hm, that didn't work well. Try clicking here.

  • At 3:20 AM, Blogger Beega said…

    Do you want something culturally American, as the shows are all American, or do you prefer a title with broader appeal? Just sitting here with a screaming baby I can think of two cheesy takeoffs of American catch-phrases:
    "Where's the Comedy?"
    "Funny. It's What's for Dinner"

    Without a screaming baby I could get a bit more clever … maybe

  • At 7:12 AM, Blogger Beega said…

    "Personifying the Persimmon: When Food Becomes More than a Prop"

  • At 11:42 AM, Blogger Kristin Van Bodegraven said…

    I like it! Keep those cards and letters coming!

  • At 12:10 PM, Blogger Beega said…

    anthropomorphizing the artichoke?

  • At 5:51 PM, Blogger Tim said…

    I suggest either:

    "Have you choked the chicken?"


    "Mommy, where's Lassie?"

  • At 9:39 AM, Anonymous Lauren C said…

    1) "Food Fights, and Other Uses of Food on American Sitcom Television"

    2) "A Pie in the Face: why we love to see television characters play with their food"

    3) "Food Choreography in American Sitcoms"

    4) "Satiating Sitcoms"

    5) "Formulas for Laughter - how food finds its way into comedy"

    - okay, not all cute or witty, but maybe they'll spark an idea for you.


    (online Gastronomy student from California)

  • At 7:16 PM, Blogger Kim Binsted said…

    How about "Something whipped this way comes: Cream pie facials and other food slapstick in the American sitcom".

  • At 12:01 PM, Anonymous Lora said…

    Ms. Kristin, where are you??????????????

  • At 7:01 PM, Blogger Mizdahlia said…

    Kristin, where, o where, art thou? E-mail your friend Dahlia from Seattle! She misses you!

  • At 1:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…



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