IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 611: Vernacularity 1300-1550, II: Religious Experience and Debates

Tuesday 10 July 2007, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Institute for Medieval & Early Modern Studies, University of Aberystwyth / University of Kent
Organisers:Elisabeth Salter, Institute for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) / Department of English Literature & Creative Writing, Aberystwyth University
Helen E. Wicker, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (MEMS), University of Kent
Moderator/Chair:Ian Johnson, School of English, University of St Andrews
Paper 611-aSearching for Words: Vernacular Theology and Middle English Vocabularies of the Religious Self
(Language: English)
Janet Gunning, Department of English / Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University
Index terms: Education, Language and Literature - Middle English, Lay Piety
Paper 611-bDebating Heresy: Vernacular Theology in the 15th Century
(Language: English)
Sarah James, Department of English, University of Kent, Canterbury
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Religious Life, Theology
Paper 611-cThe Proliferation of Vernacular Christocentric Prayers, Hymns, and Lyrics in Late 15th- and Early 16th-Century England
(Language: English)
Rob Lutton, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Education, Lay Piety, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Religious Life

Gunning explores emerging Middle English vocabularies of the self in late medieval devotional literature, and their relationship to the theories and vocabularies of medieval anthropology. James’s paper explores John Capgrave and Reginald Pecock’s use of the Latinate debate form in their work, as they engaged with religious issues made controversial by heresy in the fifteenth century. Lutton explores the extraordinary multiplication and dissemination of vernacular devotional literature centred on Christ in pre-Reformation England. He focuses on prayers, hymns and lyrics to explore connections between the proliferation of vernacular Christocentric devotions and the late medieval Church’s strategies for control.