Feast of Words: Banquets and Table Talk in the Renaissance

Feast of Words: Banquets and Table Talk in the Renaissance



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226395760
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/28/1991
Edition description: 1
Pages: 314
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Michael Jeanneret is professor of French literature at the University of Geneva.

Table of Contents

Part I - Pleasure and the norm 
1. Humanism on holiday
The feast of the gods
The al fresco meal
The head and the stomach
2. Ceremonies and manners
Manners and Mannerism
The pomp of princes
Officers of the mouth
3. Rules for the appetite
An archaeology of the table
Medicine v. cookery
Part II - When the fable comes to table
4. Table talk
Convivial speech
A mouth full of words
Philologists or logophiles?
5. Eating the text
Storytelling while eating
'Our after-dinner entertainers'
'My salad and my Muse'
The marrow bone
Metaphors of bibliophagy
6. Classical banquets
Philosophy at meal time
Satire and its cooking
Greedy grammarians
7. Something for every taste
The copious and the varied
Erasmus: feasting on words
Guillaume Bouchet: stuffings
Giordano Bruno: the failed banquet
8. Dog Latin and macronic poetry
Dog Latin, cooks' talk and gibberish
Folengo and the ars macaronica
Muses with greasy hands
'My country is a pumpkin'
9. 'The centre of all books'
'Monarch of ecumenical symposia'
'You only talk about sex'
'Edible syllables and letters'
'I've never seen people talk so much'
Writing and nature
Paradoxical metaphors
Naturalizing the narrative?
Writing in action

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