IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 214: Reconstructing Emotions: Approaches to Portrayals of Emotion in Late Medieval Texts

Monday 10 July 2006, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Hilton Shepherd Postgraduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Birmingham
Organiser:Sarah Pittaway, Department of English, University of Birmingham
Moderator/Chair:Philippa J. Semper, Department of English, University of Birmingham
Paper 214-aEmotional Images, Moralising Text?: Violence to Children in Lydgate's Fall of Princes
(Language: English)
Sarah Pittaway, Department of English, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Art History - General, Language and Literature - Middle English, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 214-bMoving Texts: Practice, Emotion, and 15th-Century Devotional Manuals
(Language: English)
Emilie Vince, Department of English, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Architecture - Religious, Language and Literature - Middle English, Lay Piety
Paper 214-cSpeaking of Elevation: Emotion in Hagiographic Narrative
(Language: English)
Derek Scott Anderson, Department of English, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Computing in Medieval Studies, Hagiography, Language and Literature - Middle English, Language and Literature - French or Occitan
Abstract

Isaac Bashevis Singer warned that ‘the very essence of literature is the war between emotion and intellect’. How can medievalist scholars negotiate between their received notions about medieval wo/man, and emotional life as it is read from medieval texts? This panel will, by way of deconstructing preconceptions about the medieval psyche, reconstruct from secular, religious, and devotional texts an emotional framework representative of that age. Each paper will also present a recent advance in theoretical approaches, from narratology to the study of text and image, as groundbreaking ways in which medievalists might literally ‘get closer’ to their ancestors.