A Feast of Words

A Feast of Words : Banquets and Table Talk in the Renaissance

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The aim of this work is to capture the importance that people in the 16th century attributed to meals and conversation at the table. Jeanneret starts by focusing on the discourse of humanists about food and feasts and then goes on to deal specifically with table-talk. He shows how they liked to represent extravagant banquets, but at the same time established a strict code of behaviour and used the ceremonies of the table to display good manners. In the latter part of the book, the author discusses serious treatises that showed how to regulate the content and style of conversation in order to promote both intellectual stimulation and politeness around the table, despite the fact that the trend followed the opposite direction.show more

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  • Hardback | 260 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 573g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0745607799
  • 9780745607795

Table of contents

Part 1 Pleasure and the norm: humanism on holiday; ceremonies and manners; rules for the appetite. Part 2 When the fable comes to table: table-talk; eating the text; classical banquets; something for every taste; dog Latin and Macaronic poetry; "the centre of all books". Conclusion: Imitation/mimesis.show more