Dreaming of Cockaigne : medieval fantasies of the perfect life /

"Imagine a dreamland where roasted pigs wander about with knives in their backs to make carving easy, where grilled geese fly directly into one's mouth, where cooked fish jump out of the water and land at one's feet. The weather is always mild, the wine flows freely, sex is readily av...

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Bibliographic Details
Uniform title:Dromen van Cocagne.
Author / Creator: Pleij, Herman (Author)
Other Authors / Creators:Webb, Diane, translator.
Format: eBook Electronic
Language notes:Translated from Dutch.
Imprint: New York : Columbia University Press, [2001]
Online Access:Click here for full text at JSTOR
Table of Contents:
  • Part 1. The forfeiture of happiness, the beginning: Paradise lost
  • Contours of a book
  • The power of literature
  • Part 2. Texts as maps: Rhyming Texts L and B, Prose Text G
  • The two rhyming texts on the land of Cockaigne
  • Recitation and writing
  • Oral structures in writing
  • The existing potential
  • The prose text of Luilekkerland
  • Part 3. Eating to forget: Eating habits
  • Hunger and scarcity
  • The topos of hunger
  • The intoxicating effect of fasting
  • Gorging in self-defense
  • Food in motion
  • Literary refreshment
  • Part 4. Paradise refurbished: The land of Cockaigne as paradise
  • Never say die
  • Heavenly rewards
  • Other paradises
  • Lovely places, golden ages
  • Wonder gardens and pleasure parks
  • Dreams of immortality
  • Part 5. The imagination journeys forth: Geographical musings
  • Real dreamworlds
  • Wonders of east and west
  • Fanciful destinations
  • Virtual dreamlands
  • Part 6. Heretical excesses: The thousand-year reign of peace and prosperity
  • Heresies of the free spirit
  • Sex Adam-and-Eve style
  • Low-country heterodoxy
  • Part 7. Learning as a matter of survival: Didactic differences
  • Topsy-turvy worlds
  • Hard times
  • Moderation, ambition, and decorum
  • Lessons in pragmatism
  • Part 8. Dreaming of Cockaigne, the end: The name Cockaigne
  • A depreciated cultural asset
  • From countryside to town
  • The necessity of fiction.