IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 821: Devotional Writings from Medieval England and the Concept of the 'Household'

Tuesday 15 July 2003, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:School of English / Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Organiser:Catherine J. Batt, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Ruth Evans, Department of English Studies, University of Stirling
Paper 821-aFiguring the Household in The Doctrine of the Hert and Ancrene Wisse
(Language: English)
Denis Renevey, Universités de Fribourg & Genève
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Theology
Paper 821-bDomestic and Devotional in Henry, Duke of Lancaster's Book of Holy Medicines
(Language: English)
Catherine J. Batt, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Other, Lay Piety
Paper 821-cAccumulating Domestic Stores in the Middle English Translation of St Birgitta's Liber celestis
(Language: English)
Christiania Whitehead, Department of English & Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Language and Literature - Latin, Theology
Abstract

Our session investigates the (allegorical and, to some extent, historical) representation of the household in a number of devotional medieval texts written in Latin, Middle English, and Anglo-Norman. Christiania Whitehead will address the importance of domestic imagery in her chosen texts, Denis Renevey will look at medieval figurations of household space, and at how modern responses to such constructions may conform to or deviate from medieval subjects’ processing of the same information, and Catherine Batt will consider what the domestic imagery of Henry of Lancaster’s text may reveal of lay masculine debts to female religious in terms of devotional material.