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PUBLIC LECTURES
  Wednesday, October 12, 2005 13:40 p.m.

The Broad Bean in Diet, Medicine, and Myth: Walther von der Vogelweide

Faculty Tower, Room # 409

 

Lecturer(s):
Melitta Weiss Adamson

Institute:
University of Western Ontario




The paper is based on a short Middle High German poem of 14 lines by Walther von der Vogelweide (c.1170-c.1230). Its analysis will lead to the proposal of a new interpretation of this puzzling poem in light of the popular connotations surrounding the broad bean or fava bean (Vicia faba) since antiquity and beyond.


Prof. Melitta Weiss Adamson received her PhD from the University of Toronto with a dissertation on food and drink in medieval Latin and German Regimen sanitatis literature, and subsequently spent a Webster Postdoctoral Fellowship at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. In 1990 she went to the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada, where she holds an appointment as Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature and a joint-appointment with History of Medicine. She is currently serving as Acting Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and as Graduate Chair of the Comparative Literature Program.






Publications:
· Food in Medieval Times [Series Food Through History] (Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2004), xxiii + 259 pages.

· Regional Cuisines of Medieval Europe: A Book of Essays, ed. (New York and London: Routledge, 2002), xviii + 254 pages.

· Daz buoch von guoter spise (The Book of Good Food): A Study, Edition, and English Translation of the Oldest German Cookbook(Krems: Medium Aevum Quotidianum [Sonderband IX], 2000), 125 pages.

· Medieval Dietetics: Food and Drink in 'Regimen Sanitatis' Literature from 800 to 1400 (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 1995), 231 pages.

· Food in the Middle Ages: A Book of Essays, ed. (New York and London: Garland Publishing Inc., 1995 [Garland Medieval Casebooks Volume 12]), 214 pages.



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