IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 1127: Silent Speech on Medieval Misericords: Papers in Memory of Elaine C. Block

Wednesday 15 July 2009, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Misericordia International
Organiser:Paul Hardwick, Department of English, Leeds Trinity University
Moderator/Chair:Kenneth Varty, School of Modern Languages & Cultures (French), University of Glasgow
Paper 1127-aOutside of Society, Inside the Sacred Space: Representing the Marginal in Medieval Choir-Stalls (Forms, Models, and Significance)
(Language: English)
Florence Piat, Université de Haute-Bretagne (Rennes II), Rennes / Université de Rennes
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - Sculpture, Mentalities
Paper 1127-bWalls Have Ears: Tutivillus in the Choir
(Language: English)
Paul Hardwick, Department of English, Leeds Trinity University
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - Sculpture, Language and Literature - Middle English
Paper 1127-cWhy Are There No Misericords in Italian Choir Stalls?
(Language: English)
Joanne Allen, University of Warwick
Index terms: Art History - Sculpture
Abstract

The three papers in this session address the ways in which ‘silent voices’ – whether from the grimacing faces of fools or the ever-vigilant devil Tutivillus – spoke to contemporary audiences and, indeed, continue to speak to the modern viewer. They are offered in memory of Elaine C. Block, founder of Misericordia International, whose life’s work was to help us to translate these voices.