Date Awarded


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Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)




Melvin Ely

Committee Member

Andrew Fisher

Committee Member

Fabricio Prado


This article uses Patrick Wolfe’s theory of settler colonialism to analyze the relationship between Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie book series and Native American literature. The article traces Native American authors from the 1930s – when Little House was first published – through to the present day, and aims to show that literature is a long-standing and valid way of decolonizing a settler colonial state. Cited in the article are Ella Deloria, Louise Erdrich, Waziyatawin, and Dennis McAuliffe, Jr., among others. Further topics include a literature award that removed Wilder’s name in 2018, and the role of education and settler colonialism. In this article, the author analyzes Pellegrino Artusi’s 1891 Italian cookbook La scienza in cucina e l’arte di mangiar bene. Overall, La scienza is considered one of the most significant Italian cookbooks. The article’s four main sections – language, class and gender, religion, and geography – support the claim that Artusi created a version of Italian nationalism through food; albeit with a particular emphasis on Northern Italy. This article relies heavily on the work of Benedict Anderson and Anthony D. Smith with their contributions to the field of nationalism, as well as highlighting Jeffrey Pilcher’s work as a means of introducing nationalism through food.



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