IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1306: Picnic in Paradise

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Leverhulme Trust Project 'The Enclosed Garden: Pleasure, Contemplation & Cure in the Medieval hortus conclusus, c. 1100-1450'
Organiser:Patricia E. Skinner, Department of History, University of Winchester / Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Research (MEMO), Swansea University
Moderator/Chair:Roberta Magnani, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Research (MEMO), Swansea University
Paper 1306-aMysticism, Food, and Sex
(Language: English)
Liz Herbert McAvoy, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Research (MEMO), Swansea University
Liz Herbert McAvoy, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Research (MEMO), Swansea University
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Language and Literature - Latin, Sexuality
Paper 1306-bEdible Plants in Eden
(Language: English)
Theresa Lorraine Tyers, Department of English Language & Literature, Swansea University
Theresa Lorraine Tyers, Department of English Language & Literature, Swansea University
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Medicine, Social History
Paper 1306-cOverindulgence
(Language: English)
Patricia E. Skinner, Department of History, University of Winchester / Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Research (MEMO), Swansea University
Patricia E. Skinner, Department of History, University of Winchester / Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Research (MEMO), Swansea University
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Sexuality, Social History
Abstract

From the Garden of Eden to the Song of Songs, the enclosed garden was a site of desire, gratification and conspicuous consumption. In this session, the ambivalent space of the garden as a place of indulgence and sin, but also of pleasure and cure, will be explored in three papers engaging with literary, theological, medicinal and culinary themes. Attention will be paid to the plants found within the enclosed garden, imagined and real, and the place of the garden as a feminine, fertile space will be explored.