Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson

Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson
+1 212 854 5622
609 Knox
Office Hours: 
By appointment
Areas of Interest: 
Cultural Sociology, cuisinology

Ph.D., Columbia, 1967

Biographical Note: 

Priscilla Ferguson's work ranges from analysis of the literary field in France to studies of the post-revolutionary French novel through explorations of an emerging national culture in France over the 19th century. Her books, Literary France: The Making of a Culture (1984) and Paris as Revolution: Reading the 19th-century City (1994), focus on the institutions of French and especially Parisian culture., Accounting for Taste: The triumph of French cuisine (2004), examines the elaboration and institutionalization of cuisine and gastronomy as prime components of French identity. Word of Mouth (2014) adopts a comparative perspective to consider the many texts, from ads to literature, films and television shows, that make food so central , and so chracteristic, a concern in the 21st century.


Blogs etc on Word of Mouth

1.       Word of Mouth : What we talk about when we talk about food 

2.     Pg. 99: Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson's "Word of Mouth"
  * The Page 99 Test:    <>              //Word  of Mouth/


       4.     Huffington Post July 2014 Consuming Country

5.     Link to NPR  interview KERA (West texas)

       6.     Contexts  article on Competitive Eating  8/14

7.     Zester Daily  “Soapbox” Cooking vs chefing  Cooking vs chefing 9/14