IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 108: Did 'Censorship' Lead to 'Cultural Change'?: Reassessing Arundel's Provincial Constitutions (1407-9)

Monday 11 July 2005, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:The Lollard Society
Organiser:Mishtooni Carys Anne Bose, Christ Church College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Mishtooni Carys Anne Bose, Christ Church College, University of Oxford
Paper 108-aMuddying the Mainstream: Middle English Religious Texts after Arundel
(Language: English)
Ian Johnson, School of English, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Lay Piety, Religious Life, Theology
Paper 108-bThe Towneley Cycle: Dramatic Displacement of the Eucharist
(Language: English)
Sarah James, Department of English, University of Kent, Canterbury
Index terms: Lay Piety, Performance Art - Drama, Religious Life, Theology
Paper 108-cThe Trouble with Lollardy
(Language: English)
Mishtooni Carys Anne Bose, Christ Church College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Lay Piety, Religious Life, Theology
Abstract

This session is proposed to mark the 10th anniversary of the appearance of Nicholas Watson’s influential article ‘Censorship and Culture Change in Late Medieval England’ (Speculum, 1995). The article has provoked many reassessments of the impact, and the limitations, of Arundel’s Constitutions. Considering this question from three different perspectives, the papers will reflect on the current state of our thinking about the intellectual, cultural and religious climate in fifteenth-century England and create a forum for discussion of the value, or otherwise, of continuing to give the Constitutions a prominent place in new critical narratives of this period.