IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1503: Emotion, Gesture, and Forms of Codification

Thursday 13 July 2006, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Organiser:Anne Lawrence-Mathers, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Moderator/Chair:Malcolm C. Barber, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Paper 1503-aEmotion and Gesture in Medieval Epistolarity
(Language: English)
Gillian Rose Knight, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Religious Life, Rhetoric
Paper 1503-bEmotion, Gesture, and the Representation of the Medieval Scholar
(Language: English)
Anne Lawrence-Mathers, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Religious Life
Paper 1503-cEmotion, Gesture, and Identity: The Case of St Colette of Corbie
(Language: English)
Anna Campbell, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography
Abstract

This session is an attempt to analyse the theme of Emotion and Gesture in the context of three highly-coded cultural forms, not always considered in relation to this theme and yet offering important information. The first paper looks at the conventions used by letter-writers, and the encoding of emotions and relationships inscribed by formulae often regarded as ‘merely’ conventional. The second paper looks at the ‘author-portrait’ in medieval illumination, as a way of recovering ideas about the emotions and gestures of scholarship across the period of the ’12th-century renaissance’. Finally, the third paper looks at the construction of emotion and ‘character’ within the composite documentation built up around the figure of St Colette of Corbie.