IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 822: Feasts, Power, and Hospitality: Displays and Betrayals, I - Feasting in Medieval Narrative

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Shenandoah University
Organiser:Julie A. Hofmann, Department of History, Shenandoah University, Virginia
Moderator/Chair:Wendy J. Turner, Department of History, Anthropology & Philosophy, Augusta University, Georgia
Paper 822-aFeasts as Centers of Power and Betrayal in Frankish Sources
(Language: English)
Julie A. Hofmann, Department of History, Shenandoah University, Virginia
Julie A. Hofmann, Department of History, Shenandoah University, Virginia
Index terms: Daily Life, Gender Studies, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 822-bBetrayal at Ingeld's Feast in the Scandinavian and English Traditions
(Language: English)
Melissa Venables, School of English, University of Nottingham
Melissa Venables, School of English, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Scandinavian
Paper 822-cHospitality and Betrayal in Old French Literature
(Language: English)
April Harper, Department of History, State University of New York, Oneonta
April Harper, Department of History, State University of New York, Oneonta
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Sexuality
Abstract

The feasts described in medieval narratives serve many functions, not least to reinforce the relative power of the feast-giver. They also provide locations for dramatic events, and help to convey the complex relationships between the host and his guests. The papers in this session focus on different accounts in medieval narrative texts and the ways that they depict the complex intersections of power, hospitality, and betrayal.