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The land of hunger

Author: Piero Camporesi; Shayne Mitchell; Tania Croft-Murray
Publisher: Cambridge : Polity Press ; Cambridge, MA, USA : Blackwell Publishers, 1996. ©1996
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this highly original book, Camporesi explores the two worlds of feast and famine in early modern Europe." "Camporesi brings together a mosaic of images from Italian folklore: phantasmagoric processions of giants, pigs, vagabonds, down-trodden rogues, charlatans and beggars in rags. He reconstructs a world inhabited by the strange forces of peasant culture, and describes the various rituals - carnivals,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Piero Camporesi; Shayne Mitchell; Tania Croft-Murray
ISBN: 0745608884 9780745608884
OCLC Number: 33209429
Language Note: Text stranslated from the Italian.
Description: 223 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: From Giant to Beggar: the Colossus and the Man of Naught --
1. The Devil's Carnival --
2. Charlatans, Cheats and Malingerers --
3. The Science of the Belly: Decline and Death of the Myth of Cockaigne --
4. The Land of Hunger --
5. The Witches' Carnival --
6. A Blemished World.
Other Titles: Paese della fame.
Responsibility: Piero Camporesi ; translated by Tania Croft-Murray with the assistance of Claire Foley ; Italian dialect and Latin text translated by Shayne Mitchell.

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In this highly original book, Camporesi explores the two worlds of feast and famine in early modern Europe. The Land of Hunger is a graphic and engaging journey into the folk culture of early modern  Read more...

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"Ranging across anthropology, folklore, popular religion, medicine and history, and crafted with unusual dramatic skill, Camporesia s books open to our gaze a pre--industrial underclass of Read more...

 
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