IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1024: Food and Feast in the Robin Hood Tradition

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:International Association for Robin Hood Studies (IARHS)
Organiser:Lesley Coote, Andrew Marvell Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies, University of Hull
Moderator/Chair:Kristin Bovaird-Abbo, Department of English Language & Literature, University of Northern Colorado
Paper 1024-a'Cheese in my bosom': From Marion and Robin (!) to Robin Hood
(Language: English)
Lesley Coote, Andrew Marvell Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies, University of Hull
Lesley Coote, Andrew Marvell Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies, University of Hull
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Literacy and Orality, Performance Arts - Drama
Paper 1024-b'Whatso þai have, it may be myne, / Corne and brede, ale and wyne': Carnivalesque Feasting in the 15th-Century King and Commoner Tradition
(Language: English)
Mark Truesdale, School of English, Communication & Philosophy, Cardiff University
Mark Truesdale, School of English, Communication & Philosophy, Cardiff University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Political Thought, Social History
Paper 1024-cViolence at the Feast in Medieval Outlaw Texts
(Language: English)
Melissa Ridley Elmes, Department of English, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Melissa Ridley Elmes, Department of English, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Index terms: Folk Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Social History
Abstract

Food – getting it, keeping it, giving it, and eating it – is central to the stories which make up the Robin Hood tradition. This session interrogates some of the elements of the Robin Hood tradition, namely English outlaw stories, ‘king and commoner’ tales, and Old French jeux, in order to reveal some of the rich signification and the functions of food in these stories and their medieval contexts.