The Christmas Tea

Jessica Noe (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

Utilizing performative writing and interviews, this autoethnographic essay applies theories of playfulness and loving perception, authenticity and tradition, and performativity to reflect on the author’s family’s yearly tradition of an all-women Christmas Tea. Exploring the beginning and continued development of the gendered tradition, the author uses an interview and her own memories and reflections to parse out how the liminal, playful space of the tea works within and against gendered norms of labor and ethics of care through food.

Part of 31-02 Women in/and the Folklore of Ireland and the U.K., Wednesday, October 20, 9:30 am–11:00 am