Session Title

Eat, Pray, Love: Gluttony, Devotion, and Lust in Medieval Society and Culture

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Mens et Mensa: Society for the Study of Food in the Middle Ages

Organizer Name

John August Bollweg

Organizer Affiliation

College of DuPage

Presider Name

Alberto Ferreiro

Presider Affiliation

Seattle Pacific Univ.

Paper Title 1

The Challenges of Food and Friendship in the Vita of Margaret of Cortona

Presenter 1 Name

Andrea Boffa

Presenter 1 Affiliation

York College, CUNY

Paper Title 2

Gluttons for Punishment: Penance in the Lives of Two Saints

Presenter 2 Name

Martha M. Daas

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Old Dominion Univ.

Paper Title 3

"Our Daily Bread": The Religious Significance of the Feasts in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Presenter 3 Name

John D. Kloosterman

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Baylor Univ.

Paper Title 4

The New-Year Feast in the Alliterative Morte Arthure (176-203, 235-6): A Warning against Aristocratic Lust and Gluttony?

Presenter 4 Name

Noriko Matsui

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Japan Univ. of Health Sciences, Saitama-Ken

Start Date

14-5-2016 3:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 1350

Description

Food, sex, and the religious life are expressions of basic human needs, but all are also open to extreme manifestations. Religious and social anxiety about and confrontation with behaviors concerning food, sex, gluttony, and lust provide a lens through which scholars can examine the relationship of theological, spiritual, and legal habits of mind with the natural world and lived experience. For this session, Mens et Mensa seeks papers exploring documentary, textual, or literary evidence of religious or social anxiety about and confrontation with these fraught categories of behavior. We welcome papers treating examples from any of the religious or cultural traditions of Europe or the Mediterranean basin during the years ca. 500 CE through ca. 1500 CE.

John A. Bollweg

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May 14th, 3:30 PM

Eat, Pray, Love: Gluttony, Devotion, and Lust in Medieval Society and Culture

Schneider 1350

Food, sex, and the religious life are expressions of basic human needs, but all are also open to extreme manifestations. Religious and social anxiety about and confrontation with behaviors concerning food, sex, gluttony, and lust provide a lens through which scholars can examine the relationship of theological, spiritual, and legal habits of mind with the natural world and lived experience. For this session, Mens et Mensa seeks papers exploring documentary, textual, or literary evidence of religious or social anxiety about and confrontation with these fraught categories of behavior. We welcome papers treating examples from any of the religious or cultural traditions of Europe or the Mediterranean basin during the years ca. 500 CE through ca. 1500 CE.

John A. Bollweg