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Forging Communities: Food and Representation in Medieval and Early Modern Southwestern Europe - Food and Foodways (Paperback)
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Forging Communities: Food and Representation in Medieval and Early Modern Southwestern Europe - Food and Foodways (Paperback)

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Paperback 300 Pages / Published: 28/09/2018
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Forging Communities explores the importance of the cultivation, provision, trade, and exchange of foods and beverages to mankind's technological advancement, violent conquest, and maritime exploration. The thirteen essays here show how the sharing of food and drink forged social, religious, and community bonds, and how ceremonial feasts as well as domestic daily meals strengthened ties and solidified ethnoreligious identity through the sharing of food customs. The very act of eating and the pleasure derived from it are metaphorically linked to two other sublime activities of the human experience: sexuality and the search for the divine.

This interdisciplinary study of food in medieval and early modern communities connects threads of history conventionally examined separately or in isolation. The intersection of foodstuffs with politics, religion, economics, and culture enhances our understanding of historical developments and cultural continuities through the centuries, giving insight that today, as much as in the past, we are what we eat and what we eat is never devoid of meaning.

Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
ISBN: 9781682260685
Number of pages: 300
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


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"Following in the footsteps of recent critical work on food that focuses on the medieval and early modern periods by scholars such as Bynum, Freedman, Montanari, or Fernandez-Armesto, Montserrat Piera has assembled a remarkable and groundbreaking set of studies which elucidate 'the intersection of material and mental exchanges that surround food and how it establishes identities, defines groups, and brings about change and (r)evolution.' The thirteen chapters here provide a fresh analysis of the way food forges communities across lands and of the intersection of foodstuffs with politics, religion, economics and culture."
--Antonio Cortijo Ocana, University of California, Santa Barbara
"Forging Communities presents the reader with a wide-ranging collection of essays in which the individual authors draw from material as diverse as cookbooks, literature, and religious, scientific, and magical texts to explore the cultural meanings of medieval and early modern food practices. Crisscrossing boundaries between cultures and subcultures as well as between disciplines, this collection is a valuable addition to the growing conversation about how foodways can illuminate our understanding of the distant past, and how food can create, bridge, and define communities."
--Marie A. Kelleher, California State University, Long Beach

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