IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 120: Intra-Generational Devotional and Secular Instruction across Genres

Monday 11 July 2005, 11.15-12.45

Moderator/Chair:Cheryl M. Taylor, School of Humanities, James Cook University, Queensland
Paper 120-aThe Expression of Knowledge in Arthur and Merlin
(Language: English)
Szilvia Malaczkov, School of English & American Studies, Eötvos Lorànd University, Budapest
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English
Paper 120-bAffectivism in 14th- and 15th-Century England: A Youthful Form of Contemplation?
(Language: English)
Louise Nelstrop, Mahidol University, Bangkok
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Lay Piety, Theology

Grouped by IMC Programming Committee
Abstract Paper -a:
One of the subtopics of the IMC 2005 (Transmission of knowledge through the generations) made me rethink one of the fourteenth century Middle English romances, Arthur and Merlin. It was the church in the high Middle Ages that prescribed the curriculum to be taught. The romances, being a popular form, were rather preferred as a enteraining side-reading. This literary genre, however, does not lack references to ‘knowledge’. I will attempt to give a detailed picture in my paper who owned knowledge in the world of romances, what kind of knowledge was important for the romance characters and how this knowledge was transmitted form the older to the younger generation.
Abstract Paper -b:
This paper will explore a fledgling form of contemplation, ‘affectivism’, in the context of fourteenth snd fifteenth-century English spirituality. The paper will focus on Margery Kempe’s Book, Nicholas Love’s Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ and the Middle English work The Seven Points of True Love and will explore the extent to which the use of the term ‘contemplation’ in these texts parallels ‘affectivist’ definitions of contemplation, particularly those espoused by Richard Rolle and the Cloud-Author. The youthful nature of ‘affectivist’ understandings of contemplation will be highlighted in relation to issues of authority and taxonomy.
Abstract Paper -c:
Considering a corpus of five French and English moralities, one of the fundamental religious teachings is that making wise choices to live virtuously and preparing oneself to meet death is not just the prerogative of the old. I would plan to demonstrate that religious morality plays teach men to always be ready because one does not know the time of one’s death. This was particularly sound teaching considering the times were fraught with danger and untimely deaths brought on by wars, diseases, etc., and in keeping with the doctrines and precepts of the medieval church. Moralities, virtual ars viviendi and ars moriendi manuals, aimed at impacting its audience by its teachings.