Savoring Power, Consuming the Times: The Metaphors of Food in Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature

Author(s): Pina Palma

Date: Format: pdf Language: English ISBN/ASIN: 0268038392
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Pina Palma’s Savoring Power, Consuming the Times: The Metaphors of Food in Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature is an leading edge take a look at the writings of 5 vital Italian authorsBoccaccio’s Decameron, Pulci’s Morgante, Boiardo’s Innamorato, Ariosto’s Furioso,and Aretino’s Ragionamento. Through the prism of gastronomy, Palma examines those key works within the Western literary canon, bringing into focal point how their authors use meals and gastronomy as a way to critique the social, political, theological, philosophical, and cultural ideals that represent the material of the society by which they reside. Palma starts with the anthropological theory that meals represents the common transformation of nature into tradition and that it purposes as a language that distinguishes each society and its tradition from others. This means that foodits preparation, presentation, and consumptionis greater than simply a supply of nourishment. Rather, Palma argues, foodstuffs serve as as moral and aesthetic tools during which the literary hero’s virtues and flaws, achievements and screw ups, can also be gauged. Food additionally serves as a way to care for, in addition to to barter, energy, social hierarchy, and relationships between the robust and the powerless. Touching on 3 centuries that had been pivotal for Italian tradition, literature, and historical past, in addition to 3 literary genres, Palma’s research connects the descriptions and references to meals present in those works with the broader tradition of Italy within the past due medieval and early leading-edge length. "With readability and wit, Pina Palma has used the central metaphor of meals to discover all of a sudden contemporary dimensions of Renaissance highbrow traditions. Her attention-grabbing and authentic exploration of the connections between meals and sexuality, political energy, ethical hypocrisy, ascetic self-discipline of the frame, and the sector of the appetites in a choice of key Italian Renaissance works is certain to have interaction historians in addition to literary students." Giuseppe Mazzotta, Yale University "This superb quantity examines one of the crucial primary works of Italian medieval and Renaissance literature from the point of view in their references to meals and its intake. It makes an excessively vital contribution to Italian research (in its quite a lot of classes) and may also be of passion to non-Italianists for the insights and knowledge it supplies for different geographical spaces and literatures in late-medieval/early-modern Europe." Konrad Eisenbichler, University of Toronto "Savoring Power, Consuming the Times isn’t merely a e-book about meals in Italian literature. It is a refined and far-reaching paintings of complaint, which discloses an authentic facet of the Renaissance. Not simplest does meals supply some way of having access to a privileged point of view at the Renaissance non secular, philosophical, and ethical pondering however it is usually the easiest manner of creating an surprising internet of relationships between authors." Salvatore Silvano Nigro, Libera Universita di Lingue e Comunicazione, IULM
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