For some, Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a story made of pure imagination. For others, it is emblematic of colonial ideology since the Oompa-Loompas were originally depicted as African pygmies. This article explores the inspiration, interpretation, and revisions of the classic story and looks at its appropriateness within children's literature.
For Oompa-Loompas, Orange Was the New Black
Layla Eplett writes about the anthropology of food for Scientific American's blog, Food Matters. She has a master's in social anthropology of development from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies and loves getting a taste of all kinds of culture—gastronomic, traditional, and sometimes accidentally, bacterial.
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Layla Eplett; For Oompa-Loompas, Orange Was the New Black. Gastronomica 1 May 2016; 16 (2): 12–17. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/gfc.2016.16.2.12
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