IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 922: Feasts, Power, and Hospitality: Displays and Betrayals, II - Representations of Medieval Feasts on the Big (and Small) Screen: A Round Table Discussion

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:Shenandoah University
Organiser:Julie A. Hofmann, Department of History, Shenandoah University, Virginia
Moderator/Chair:Julie A. Hofmann, Department of History, Shenandoah University, Virginia
Abstract

The feast scene is a mainstay of films set in the Middle Ages, whether real or fantastic. Despite many anachronisms, these scenes often draw on examples from medieval sources. From the classic 1938 version of The Adventures of Robin Hood to the most recent adaptation of The Hobbit and HBO’s A Game of Thrones, such scenes also convey the importance of feasting for displays of power and status, as well as opportunities for creating personal bonds through giving and accepting hospitality. The betrayal of that hospitality, either by host or by guest, often provides a crucial conflict. The panelists will discuss a broad range of feast scenes, and their effectivity (or lack thereof) in conveying the multiple meanings of a feast.

Participants include Joanna Huntington (University of Lincoln), Felice Lifshitz (University of Alberta), and Melissa Ridley Elmes (University of North Carolina Greensboro).