IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 816: Transcendental Feasts

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 16.30-18.00

Organisers:Sheri Smith, School of English, Communication & Philosophy, Cardiff University
Gudrun Tockner, Institut für Anglistik, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
Moderator/Chair:Victoria Shirley, School of English, Communication & Philosophy, Cardiff University
Paper 816-aA Moment Suspended in Time: Spiritual Feasting and the Grail Tables in the Queste del Saint Graal
(Language: English)
Martha Baldon, School of English, Communication & Philosophy, Cardiff University
Martha Baldon, School of English, Communication & Philosophy, Cardiff University
Index terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Religious Life
Paper 816-bFrom Pandarus's Board to Boethian Bliss in Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde
(Language: English)
Sheri Smith, School of English, Communication & Philosophy, Cardiff University
Sheri Smith, School of English, Communication & Philosophy, Cardiff University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Philosophy
Paper 816-cFeasting with the Devil: Food, Drink, and Magical Practice on the Early Modern English Stage
(Language: English)
Gudrun Tockner, Institut für Anglistik, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
Gudrun Tockner, Institut für Anglistik, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
Index terms: Performance Arts - Drama, Social History
Abstract

Food and the process of eating provide a rich ground for metaphors of other sensual experiences. In literature, a feast is often a point at which different characters and strands of narrative meet. Such feasts can also bring together the temporal and spiritual worlds, where the lure of the table transforms an individual’s physical desire for food into a cerebral appetite for transcendental experience, or vice versa. With papers spanning three time periods, this panel will explore examples of feasting in which the physical and sensual become connected to the transcendental, beginning with the spiritual, moving on to the sexual, and finally concentrating on the magical.