IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1316: Affective Piety and the Use of the Vernacular in the 15th Century

Wednesday 12 July 2006, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Lollard Society and Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society
Organiser:Fiona Somerset, Department of English, Duke University, North Carolina
Moderator/Chair:Fiona Somerset, Department of English, Duke University, North Carolina
Paper 1316-aPerformance Poetics in the N-Town 'Assumption of Mary'
(Language: English)
Seeta Chaganti, Department of English, University of California, Davis
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Lay Piety, Performance Arts - Drama
Paper 1316-bAffective Piety in Westminster School MS 3
(Language: English)
Amanda Moss, Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London
Index terms: Bibliography, Language and Literature - Middle English, Lay Piety, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1316-cMaking Yourself '├żer present': Nicholas Love and the Plays of the Passion
(Language: English)
Alexandra F. Johnston, Records of Early English Drama, University of Toronto, Downtown
Index terms: Education, Language and Literature - Middle English, Lay Piety, Performance Arts - Drama
Abstract

The 15th century saw a new expansion of the readership for affective devotional writings in the vernacular, as well as an increase in their availability. Recently scholars engaged in the study of both Lollardy and medieval drama have taken a renewed interest in what such works can reveal about topics, such as how the vernacular was regarded after Arundel’s Constitutions, what lay audiences were thought to be capable of, how emotion was put to the service of instruction and of religious practice, theories of representation and of performance and their implications, and the practice of prayer. This joint session includes papers on devotional works read in the 15th century that treat such topics, considering their implications for the study of drama, heresy, and other aspects of 15th-century religious culture.