IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 1018: Babel and Cenacle: The Discourses of Heresiology in Text and Image

Wednesday 15 July 2009, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Medieval Research Centre, University of Leicester
Organiser:Anne Marie D'Arcy, School of English, University of Leicester
Moderator/Chair:Valerie Allen, Department of English, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York
Paper 1018-a'In hym es alle & alle he is': Trinitarian Controversy and the Middle English Christological Lyric
(Language: English)
Natalie Jones, School of English, University of Leicester
Index terms: Art History - General, Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - Middle English, Theology
Paper 1018-bThe Orthodox and Heterodox Writing Styles of Late Medieval England
(Language: English)
Alan J. Fletcher, Department of English, University College Dublin
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - Middle English, Lay Piety, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 1018-cDe Maria numquam satis: The Limits of Mariological Language in Geoffrey Chaucer's An ABC
(Language: English)
Anne Marie D'Arcy, School of English, University of Leicester
Index terms: Art History - General, Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - Middle English, Theology
Abstract

As the counteractive approach of the Panarion of Epiphanius of Salamis evinces, heresiologists traditionally assume that orthodoxy precedes heresy; it only becomes necessary to define heresy in the wake of orthodoxy. However, as the later medieval period demonstrates most clearly, orthodoxy and heresy are more usually symbiotically engaged in a discourse, defined by each other’s existence. The very nature of heresiology, as a product of orthodoxy, means that it sometimes finds it more fruitful to define its subject by affirming what it is not, rather than attempting to limn out the contours of the heresy itself. This session interrogates the heteroglossia inherent in the strategies of heresiology in a literary context and its relationship to the polyvalence inherent in the symbolic image.