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Title: The use of images of food and drink in the lyric poems of Eustache Deschamps
Author: Black, Iris
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1993
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This work is a literary study of the food and drink images in the French lyric poems of Eustache Deschamps, based on the edition of his complete works by the Marquis de Queux de Saint-Hilaire and Gaston Raynaud. Its first chapter considers the historical and social sources for such images, examining not only the physical realities of late medieval society, but also the attitudes to those realities which influenced their representation in lyric poetry. The second chapter surveys the varying uses of alimentary imagery in imaginative French literature to 1350, looking at both thematic and rhetorical possibilities. Thus, the first two chapters combine to form a background against which Deschamps's use of historical realism and literary convention can be studied, so that his particular achievements and innovations can be better assessed. The remaining three chapters concentrate on food and drink in the works of Deschamps himself. Chapter Three discusses how alimentary images contribute to representations of society, sharpening depictions of broad social classes, of smaller social subgroups, of common human experience and of alien cultures. Chapter Four focusses on the implications of ingestion and digestion for the physical and moral individual. Chapter Five examines the rhetoric of food and drink, from their use as elements of proverbs to their role in allegorical satire, metaphor and general poetic structure.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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