IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 617: The Food of Others

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Moderator/Chair:Iona McCleery, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Paper 617-aBanqueting in Medieval Japan: The Illustrated Scroll of the Wine and Rice Debate (Shuhanron emaki, 16th Century)
(Language: English)
Charlotte von Verschuer, Centre de recherche sur les civilisations d'Asie orientale (CRCAO - UMR 8155), École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris
Index terms: Daily Life, Historiography - Medieval, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Social History
Paper 617-bTroublesome Tafurs: Alterity and Cannibalism in La Chanson d’Antioche
(Language: English)
Geneviève Young, Department of French & Italian, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Index terms: Crusades, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Mentalities

Paper -a:
The Illustrated Scroll of the Wine and Rice Debate, Shuhanron emaki, author and date unknown, 16th-century, is a Japanese manuscript kept at the French National Library. The scroll, seven meters long, illustrates three medieval dining scenes. It features a formal banquet at warrior’s mansion, a sake wine reception at a courtier’s residence, and a monastic formal dinner at a temple. It displays three figures who represent the three social elites: aristocracy, Buddhist clergy, and the then dominating warrior class. The scroll painting constitutes a valuable source of knowledge about the political and social environment at the capital of Kyoto in medieval Japan.

Paper -b:
Few episodes in the Old French epic tradition are as troubling to notions of good behaviour as that in which a group of Christians eat their defunct adversaries. Described in the 12th-century Chanson d’Antioche, this act of battlefield cannibalism inspires disgust in the Crusaders and rage in the besieged Muslim army. In this paper I will examine the resulting othering of a Christian group by an ostensibly Christian poet through the lens of postcolonial and Mediterranean studies. I will also discuss the resonance of such acts both for medieval audiences, and for later understandings of Crusader-Muslim relations.