Ibn Butlân Tacuinum sanitatis, Latin with German translation c.1400 composite from BNF MS lat 9333 folios 92v, 85r, and 90v.

Saturday 4 April 2020


Consumption, Performance, and Early Theatre


University of Wolverhampton



Provisional Programme

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Date to be arranged

9.00-9.30 Registration and welcome   


9.30-11.00 Session 1: Food, Blood, and Violence   
Lucy Deacon:
‘Blood, Tears and Forbidden Wine: Substitutes for Water in the Ta’ziyeh’s Karbala Cycle.’
Elisabeth Dutton and Liv Robinson:
‘Last Supper, First Communion.’
Philip Butterworth :
‘If your Bob doesn’t give our Bob that bob that your Bob owes our Bob, then our Bob’ll give your Bob a bob on’t nose: The Game of Abobbed.’


11.00-11.30 Coffee/Tea break


11.30-13.00 Session 2: Good and Bad Hospitality   
Alexandra Claridge:
‘All Consuming Ideas in the Late Medieval Subtlety.’
Nadia van Pelt:
‘Death and the Jester: Leonor of Albuquerque’s “lively” coronation banquet in 1414.’
Ernst Gerhardt:
‘Staging Consumption in Lewis Wager’s The Life and Repentance of Mary Magdalene and Jacob and Esau.’


13.00-14.00 Lunch   


14.00-15.30 Session 3: Performance, Consumption, and Medievalism   
Jodi-Anne George:
‘Breaking (and Making) Bread in Jesus, Queen of Heaven and the Chester Last Supper Pageant.’
Paul Saunders:
‘The Minstrel’s Lament: If music be the food of love, why are we still starving and single?’
Anca Ignat and Iris Rusu:
‘Performance, Consumption, and Ritual in Medieval Transylvanian Cities.’


15.30-16.00 Tea/coffee break


16.00-17.00 Session 4: Moralising Consumption   
Cathy Hume:
The Life of Job and virtuous feasting.’
Elsa Strietman:
‘The Transformation of History: nothing new under the sun. Rhetoricians and history.’


17.00-18.00 Business meeting   


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