This paper examines the roles and representations of food and eating in the seventeenth century court masque. The court masque was a dramtic genre inextricably connected with the consumption of food and drink performed as part of a larger complex of aristocratic fastivities, which included elaborate banquets. Foodstuffs were even sometimes represented as characters on the masque stage: there are Minced Pie and Baby Cake in Ben Jonson's Christmas His Masque, dancing bottles in his Pleasure Reconciled to Virtue, and Plumporridge in Thomas Middleton's The Masque of Heroes.
|Journal||University Centre Doncaster Journal of Research and Scholarship|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|