IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 811: Vernacularity 1300-1550, IV: Problems of Description

Tuesday 10 July 2007, 16.30-18.00

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:Helen E. Wicker, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (MEMS), University of Kent
Paper 811-bVernacular Images: The Language of the Margins in 14th-Century English Illumination
(Language: English)
Alixe Bovey, School of History, University of Kent
Index terms: Art History - General, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 811-cThe Language of Property: Vernacular in the Context of Late Medieval Urban Houses
(Language: English)
Jayne A. E. Rimmer, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Architecture - Secular, Economics - Urban, Language and Literature - Middle English, Social History

Rimmer considers the vernacular both as language, used in the context of urban property records, and as type of architecture, concerned with urban domestic buildings, posing questions about the languages used for properties in different urban and literary contexts. Bovey investigates issues raised by the use of essentially linguistic terminology for images, touching on the probity of the term ‘reading images’ and the idea of visual literacy.