Of Dishes and Discourse: Classical Arabic Literary Representations of Food (Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures)

Of Dishes and Discourse: Classical Arabic Literary Representations of Food (Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures)

By: Geert Jan van Gelder (author)Hardback

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Considers how Arab and Islamic culinary culture may be represented in literary forms. Scholars of the medieval Islamic period are keenly aware of the importance of food and wine as themes in literature. Van Gelder's witty and subtle approach teases the most out of texts as well as enabling the reader to enjoy a panorama of medieval Arabo-Islamic culture from a most unexpected, yet immediately appreciable, perspective.

Contents

Part 1 Early poetry - feeding as good-breeding: food and glory; the Qasida or Ode; the Qit a or short poem. Part 2 Eating and the new ethos: from generously abstaining to pious abstinence. Part 3 Adab, or the text as a banquet: adab anthologies; dishes and discourse - food narrative and poetry; food and filth in al-Azdi's "A Day in the Life of Abu l-Qasim". Part 4 Food for satire and parody: cacophany; Ibn Sudun's sweet nothings; warring edibles, high and low - Ibn al-Hajjar's "Delectabel War"; from faludhaj to ful -different foods for different people; peasant fare - al-Shirbini's "The Nodding Noddles". Part 5 Alimentary metaphors: two good things - food and sex; dreams sweet and savoury; texts and tastes.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780700711741
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 178
  • ID: 9780700711741
  • weight: 363
  • ISBN10: 0700711740

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