Perhaps there is just some fundamental methodological difference between the way historians and literary scholars interrogate sources. Random associations appear to be perfectly legitimate here. Even worse, sources are cited for what they do not say. Because Thomas Jefferson doesn't mention barbecue in his notes on Virginia, this "suggests he finds its barbarity, its stark racial alterity, hard to stomach" (112). Maybe he just didn't have anything to say about barbecue?Frankly, I wouldn’t care if barbecue had been invented by the Hitler Youth or the KKK. Its appeal is universal. And it’s delicious.
Only vaguely on-topic, but are there things that strongly distinguish Australian barbecue cooking from American? Are there various "schools" of barbecue-ology in Australia, as there are in the U.S. - e.g., Kansas City, Memphis, Texas, North Carolina (eastern and western styles), etc?