IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 316: Lollards and Emotions

Monday 10 July 2006, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:The Lollard Society
Organiser:Mishtooni Carys Anne Bose, Christ Church College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Mishtooni Carys Anne Bose, Christ Church College, University of Oxford
Paper 316-aA Battle of Souls: Hyperbole and Invective in the 'General Prologue' to the Wycliffite Bible
(Language: English)
Anne Karin Ro, Department of English, Agder University College, Kristiansand
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Religious Life, Rhetoric
Paper 316-bA Lollard Climate of Feeling?: Reading and Emotion in a Middle English Bible Summary
(Language: English)
Fiona Somerset, Department of English, Duke University, North Carolina
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Religious Life, Rhetoric
Paper 316-cLollardy and Affect: The Orthodox Perspective
(Language: English)
Mishtooni Carys Anne Bose, Christ Church College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - Middle English, Religious Life, Rhetoric
Abstract

There is a gaping hole in the study of Lollardy where affect should be. We have been so concerned to demonstrate Lollard intellectual aspirations that we have virtually ignored how Lollards felt about their religion. The first two papers in this session take bibles as the starting-point for explorations concerning what it felt like to be Lollard, the first concentrating on invective in the Wycliffite ‘General Prologue’ and the second exploring a little-known Middle English summary of the Bible that expresses a distinctively Lollard climate of feeling. The third paper responds by considering how ‘orthodox’ writers understood and/or constructed the relationship between Lollardy and affect, and whether or not there is any common ground between these constructions and Lollard self-representation.