By amandacouch, Apr 6 2017 3:39PM
My paper, ‘A Woman Holding a Liver’, will be published in the forthcoming Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery Conference Proceedings, edited Mark McWilliams, published by Prospect Books, London, in July 2017.
For the 2016 Oxford Food Symposium’s theme Offal, I presented a performance-lecture, A Woman Holding a Liver, which contextually and artistically explored the practice and history of haruspicy or liver divination, followed by the divination of a lamb’s liver.
It began with an outline of the ancient practice of haruspicy. I showed examples of liver divination represented in art and material culture, and contextualized the practice from my personal and artistic perspectives, as well as in relation to chance strategies in art history. I outlined my methods for performing an examination of a liver, drawn from a wealth of classical scholarship, before undertaking an inspection of a lamb’s liver. The paper then reports on the examination, and findings in relation to the question collectively decided by the audience-participants.
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