Catalan Flavours: Ramon Llull and Medieval Cooking
Immerse yourself in the medieval world through the eyes of one of the foremost writers and philosophers of the Middle Ages, Ramon Llull. This public event will celebrate his legacy and will give us a taste of the history of Catalan Medieval Cooking. Our speaker will be Joan Santanach, curator of the Ramon Llull Year and editor of the oldest surviving culinary text in Catalan.
Dr Helena Buffery (Head of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, University College Cork) and Dr Barry Taylor (Curator, Hispanic Printed Collections, at the British Library) will discuss how translations were essential for cultural exchange and how they helped to develop and extend Ramon Llull's influence.
At the event there will be a display of items from the Special Collections at Senate House Library, University of London, relating to Ramon Llull and to Catalan culture and history.
- Catalan Collections at Senate House
A brief introduction to the display of material relating to Ramon Llull and Catalan culture and history held in the Special Collections at Senate House Library. It will include material from the papers of Joan Gili, Catalan publisher and translator who co-founded the Anglo-Catalan Society and the Dolphin Bookshop, specialising in Catalan, Spanish and Latin American books and manuscripts.
Dr Maria Castrillo (Head of Special Collections & Engagement, Senate House Library)
- Catalan Flavours: Ramon Llull and Catalan Medieval Cooking
Talk by Joan Santanach (University of London; curator of the Ramon Llull Year)
- Discussion on Llull and Cultural translation with Dr Barry Taylor (British Library) and Dr Helena Buffery (University College Cork)
- The event will be followed by a food and wine reception
This event is a partnership between the Institut Ramon Llull, the Institute of Modern Languages Research (School of Advanced Study) and Senate House Library, University of London, with the collaboration of the Delegation of Catalonia to the United Kingdom and Ireland, the Instituto Cervantes London and the kind support of Estrella Damm and Freixenet.
Joan Santanach is lecturer at University of Barcelona. His research has explored the cultural and literary context of Medieval Catalonia, with a special attention on Ramon Llull and his works. He has published several studies on this subject, and the critical edition of two Ramon Llull’s works: the Doctrina pueril (NEORL, 2005; German translation, 2009; Gnglish translation in process, by Dr. John Dagenais) and the Romanç d’Evast e Blaquerna, with Dr Albert Soler (NEORL, 2009; English translation in process, by Dr Robert D. Hughes). He has published, with Tamesis Books, Ramon Llull as a Vernacular Writer, written in cooperation with Dr Lola Badia and Dr Albert Soler.
Joan Santanach is also interested in Medieval Cooking. He has published critical editions of several Catalan cookbooks written in the Middle Ages, such as the Llibre de Sent Soví (The Book of Sent Soví; english translation: Tamesis Books - Barcino, 2008), the Llibre de totes maneres de confits (The Book of all Kinds of Candied Fruits; Barcino, 2003) and the Llibre d’aparellar de menjar (The Book of Food Preparation; Millennium, 2014).
Barry Taylor is Curator, Hispanic Printed Collections, at the British Library. He has published on Latin, Spanish and Catalan literature from the Middle Ages to the seventeenth century. Among his publications on Catalan studies are: ‘Some complexities of the exemplum in Ramon Llull’s Llibre de les bèsties’, Modern Language Review, 90 (1995), 646-58; ‘The fables of Eiximenis: norm and abnormality’, Modern Language Review, 94 (1999), 409-14; ‘Bernat Metge in the Context of Hispanic Ciceronianism’, in Fourteenth-Century Classicism: Petrarch and Bernat Metge, ed. Lluís Cabré, Alejandro Coroleu and Jill Kraye (London: Warburg Institute and Nino Aragno, 2013), pp. 125-39; and La història de Jacob Xalabín, ed. Juan Carlos Bayo, tr. Barry Taylor (Turnhout: Brepols, 2015).
Helena Buffery is Head of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies in University College Cork. Her teaching and research interests in Catalan Studies focus mainly on translation and on theatre and performance studies. Publications include: Shakespeare in Catalan: Translating Imperialism (2007) and, with Carlota Caulfield, Barcelona: Visual Culture, Space and Power(2012).