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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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The Imagery of Food in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus


Abstract: Food and cooking are crucial themes in William Shakespeare’s plays. They have such an important role that they had been investigated even before the field of food literary studies was recognized. According to the most recent studies on Shakespeare and food, it is very important to consider that in those years England witnessed the beginning and the decline of Mannerist cuisine and also that the culinary art was recognized as one of high social and national value. Based on these new results, the present essay aims to provide an interpretation of the imagery of food in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus. This investigation is carried on in two parts. The first one aims at illustrating how the clash between nobles and plebeians in the play is presented through the imagery of food and digestion. The second part detects the influence of Renaissance and Mannerist culinary aesthetics in the expression of some concepts and in the construction of characters in Coriolanus.

Keywords: cooking, Coriolanus, corn, dearth, digestion, drinking, eating, food, Mannerist cuisine, wine.

Food and cooking are crucial themes in William Shakespeare’s plays as well as in the works of other playwrights of the late English Renaissance. This fact mirrors a typical social attitude of that time, not only in England but more generally in Europe: courtiers and governors used to organize banquets and to charge them with political and social importance. Paolo Veronese’s Wedding at Cana (1563) is a testimony of the usual grandeur of these...

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