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Schöne Kunst und reiche Tafel: über die Bilder der Speisen in Literatur und Kunst / Belle arti e buona tavola: sul significato delle pietanze nell’arte e nella letteratura

Beiträge der Tagungen Gießen (11./12. Oktober 2014) und Urbino (14./15. Oktober 2014) / Atti dei convegni di Gießen (11/12 ottobre 2014) e Urbino (14/15 ottobre 2014)


Edited By Sandra Abderhalden, Michael Dallapiazza and Lorenzo Macharis

Dieser Band versammelt Beiträge zweier Tagungen zur Bedeutung von Essen und Trinken in Kunst und Literatur. Im Zentrum stehen Esskulturen und Praktiken vorrangig in der deutschen und italienischen Literatur vom Mittelalter bis zur Neuzeit. Der mehrsprachige, komparatistisch ausgerichtete Tagungsband spiegelt die Vielfältigkeit des kulinarischen Themas in literarischen und künstlerischen Werken auf umfassende Weise wider.
Questo volume raccoglie i contributi di due conferenze sul significato del cibo e delle bevande nell’arte e nella letteratura. Pietra angolare del libro è il tema delle culture e delle pratiche alimentari, illustrate con particolare attenzione alle letterature italiana e tedesca, dal medioevo ai nostri giorni. Partendo da una prospettiva comparatistica, il volume plurilingue rispecchia in modo esemplare la molteplicità del tema nelle tradizioni dell’arte e della letteratura.
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Rafik Schami Damaskus. Der Geschmack einer Stadt: a journey through Damascene culture introducing a sense of multifaceted identity into German literature


Abstract: The novel Damaskus. Der Geschmack einer Stadt written by the novelist and story-teller Rafik Schami, draws inspiration from the oriental collection of stories One Thousand and One Nights. In Damaskus. Der Geschmack einer Stadt the voice of Scheherazade, the narrator of One Thousand and One Nights, is replaced by a plurality of characters, each becoming the protagonist of a story. The theme that holds the novel together is Damascus’ culinary culture, choosing food as a leading thread that entwines the stories, rather than creating a linear plot. It is a path through the alleys of Damascus, every promenade leads to a district, neighborhood and road, peopled by a different religious community, since Syria during the centuries was crossed and inhabited by various cultures and civilizations, typifying a multicultural society. The work connects past to present, giving interesting details on historical and social issues, embracing Arab civilization at large, and conveying furthermore autobiographical details. The aim is to give Germans an insight in Arab culture, calling for multicultural dialogue and understanding; at the same time underlining German cultural heterogeneity and its hybrid identities.

Keywords: Multicultural dialogue, Storytelling, Memory, Arab civilization, Social criticism

The narrative style of Damaskus. Der Geschmack einer Stadt (2002)1, written by the novelist and storyteller Rafik Schami, is realistic and draws inspiration from the famous oriental collection of stories One Thousand and One Nights. The novel portrays the roads and labyrinthine alleyways, the coffeehouses and old stores of the ancient...

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