Facebook X YouTube Instagram TikTok NetGalley
Google Books previews are unavailable because you have chosen to turn off third party cookies for enhanced content. Visit our cookies page to review your cookie settings.

Savoring Power, Consuming the Times (Paperback)

The Metaphors of Food in Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature

P&S History > Food & Drink

Imprint: University of Notre Dame Press
Pages: 440
ISBN: 9780268038397
Published: 30th April 2013
Casemate UK Academic

in_stock

£5.95 RRP £45.50

You save £39.55 (87%)


You'll be £5.95 closer to your next £10.00 credit when you purchase Savoring Power, Consuming the Times. What's this?
+£4.99 UK Delivery or free UK delivery if order is over £40
(click here for international delivery rates)

Order within the next 54 minutes to get your order processed the next working day!

Need a currency converter? Check XE.com for live rates



Pina Palma’s Savoring Power, Consuming the Times: The Metaphors of Food in Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature is an innovative look at the writings of five important Italian authors—Boccaccio’s Decameron, Pulci’s Morgante, Boiardo’s Innamorato, Ariosto’s Furioso, and Aretino’s Ragionamento. Through the prism of gastronomy, Palma examines these key works in the Western literary canon, bringing into focus how their authors use food and gastronomy as a means to critique the social, political, theological, philosophical, and cultural beliefs that constitute the fabric of the society in which they live.

 

Palma begins with the anthropological principle that food represents the universal transformation of nature into culture and that it functions as a language that distinguishes every society and its culture from others. This suggests that food—its preparation, presentation, and consumption—is more than merely a source of nourishment. Rather, Palma argues, foodstuffs function as ethical and aesthetic instruments through which the literary hero’s virtues and flaws, achievements and failures, can be gauged. Food also serves as a means to maintain, as well as to negotiate, power, social hierarchy, and relationships between the powerful and the powerless. Touching on three centuries that were pivotal for Italian culture, literature, and history, as well as three literary genres, Palma’s analysis connects the descriptions and references to food found in these works with the wider culture of Italy in the late medieval and early modern period.

There are no reviews for this book. Register or Login now and you can be the first to post a review!

Other titles in University of Notre Dame Press...