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Party Like It's 1469: Dining in Malory's Morte d'Arthur
Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science, Contexts and Cultural Boundaries (KK).
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Malory's text contains numerous references to eating together: after all, the most central artefact of King Arthur's court is a (round) dining table. In this paper, I will argue that dining functions as a marker for knighthood, community, and refinement: this is particularly clear in the Tale of Sir Gareth, where various aspects eating, cooking, and food marks Gareth's development from kitchen boy to famous knight. This is further supported by other parts of the Morte d’Arthur, especially where the decline from celebratory dining to the dinner where one eater is poisoned at the table signals the break-down of the community of the court.

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2016.
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Malory, Tale of Sir Gareth, food symbolism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-32352OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-32352DiVA: diva2:1044189
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International Medieval Congress, Special Thematic Strand: 'Food, Feast & Famine', 4-7 July 2016, Leeds, United Kingdom
Available from: 2016-11-02 Created: 2016-11-02 Last updated: 2016-11-02Bibliographically approved

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