The Iconography of Food and the Motif of World Order in Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay


In lieu of an abstract, the first paragraph of the essay follows:

Robert Greene's Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay celebrates Elizabethan conceptions of world order, the happy state, decorum, and temperance. It has not been recognized that the play's numerous references to food are perfectly in keeping with the iconographical tradition and help Greene dramatize what has been called the "Elizabethan World View." My purpose in this study is to examine Greene's use of food in the light of this iconographical tradition, not to establish "sources," but to demonstrate the iconographical and intellectual background of the connections Greene makes between food and world order in the play.

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