At the Table: Metaphorical and Material Cultures of Food in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

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This volume surveys recent studies of the metaphorical and material facets of food in medieval and early modern Europe. Ranging from literary, historical, and political analyses to archaeological and botanical ones, this collection explores food as a nexus of pre-modern European culture. Food and feasting are understood not simply as the consumption of material goods but also as the figurative and symbolic representations of culture, which Mauss has termed a 'total social fact'. To understand the myriad ways in ...
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This volume surveys recent studies of the metaphorical and material facets of food in medieval and early modern Europe. Ranging from literary, historical, and political analyses to archaeological and botanical ones, this collection explores food as a nexus of pre-modern European culture. Food and feasting are understood not simply as the consumption of material goods but also as the figurative and symbolic representations of culture, which Mauss has termed a 'total social fact'. To understand the myriad ways in which discourses about food and feasting are mobilized during this period is to better understand the fundamental role food and feasting played in the development of Europeans' habitual patterns of behaviour and of thought.
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At the Table: Metaphorical and Material Cultures of Food in Medieval and Early Modern Europe - Timothy J. Tomasik and Juliann M. Vitullo Sweet Food of Knowledge: Botany, Food, and Empire in the Early Modern Spanish Kingdoms - Fabio Lopez Lazaro Take a Long Spoon: Culinary Politics in the English Civil War - Paul Hartle Table Decorum and the Quest for a Bride in Clari saga - Marianne Kalinke Stuck in Chichevache's Maw: Digesting the Example of (Im)Patient Griselda in John Lydgate's A Mumming at Hertford and Bycorne and Chychevache - Christine F. Cooper Rompato Drinking from Skulls and the Politics of Incorporation in Early Stuart Drama - Melissa Walter Food and Deception in the Discourse on Heresy and Witchcraft in Bamberg - William Bradford Smith ThAer wAes symbla cyst: Food in the Funerary Rites of the Early Anglo-Saxons - Christina Lee Beyond Eating: Political and Personal Significance of the entremets at the Banquets of the Burgundian Court - L. B. Ross From the bien yvres to messere Gaster: The Syncretism of Rabelaisian Banquets - Bernd Renner Translating Taste in the Vernacular Editions of Platina's De honesta voluptate et valetudine - Timothy J. Tomasik Ma Salade et Ma Muse: On Renaissance Vegetarianism - Michel Jeanneret
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