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IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1613: Passion, Power, Persuasion: Emotion in Medieval Didactic Discourse

Thursday 13 July 2006, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Mia Münster-Swendsen, SAXO Institute, Københavns Universitet
Moderator/Chair:Ewan Johnson, Department of History, University of Lancaster
Paper 1613-aBe Afraid, Be Very Afraid: Pastoral Care for a Passionate Laity (unconfirmed)
(Language: English)
Tracey-Anne Cooper, Department of History, St John's University, Queens, New York
Index terms: Lay Piety, Mentalities, Religious Life, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 1613-bThe Ends of Passion: Emotionality and its Uses in 12th-Century Education
(Language: English)
Mia Münster-Swendsen, SAXO Institute, Københavns Universitet
Index terms: Education, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Mentalities, Social History
Paper 1613-cGoverning Manly Passions: Moralists and the Linguistic Limits of Manhood in Late Medieval England
(Language: English)
Christopher Fletcher, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Gender Studies, Mentalities, Rhetoric, Social History

The session seeks to shed light upon the different uses of emotional expression, including the staging and control of emotional response, as conscious and deliberate attempts to steer emotions towards achieving specific moral ends. While engaging a variety of ‘didactic’ genres: moral, religious, educational, and rhetorical, the topics of the individual papers range from the incitement of fear among an Anglo-Saxon lay public, the play of affection and self-restraint among 12th-century intellectuals, and late medieval moralists’ grappling with the conception of manliness. Together, the three papers intend to generate further discussion on how the cultural meanings of emotions may be approached and their social effects interpreted.