IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 1514: Heretics and their Hell in East and West

Thursday 16 July 2009, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Oswald von Wolkenstein-Gesellschaft / Associazione di Cultura Medioevale, Trieste
Organiser:Sieglinde Hartmann, Oswald von Wolkenstein-Gesellschaft, Frankfurt am Main
Moderator/Chair:Uta Goerlitz, Abteilung für germanistische Mediävistik, Institut für Deutsche Philologie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Paper 1514-aConceptions of Japanese Purgatory and Buddhist Heretics
(Language: English)
Yuko Tagaya, Department of English, School of Humanities, Kanto-Gakuin University, Yokohama
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Mentalities
Paper 1514-bHeretic Hussites, Oswald von Wolkenstein, and his Song of Hell
(Language: English)
Sieglinde Hartmann, Oswald von Wolkenstein-Gesellschaft, Frankfurt am Main
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Mentalities
Paper 1514-cHeresy and Hell in Early Modern Religious Polemic: Jesuits as Heretics
(Language: English)
Ursula Paintner, Seminar für Mittlere und Neuere Kirchengeschichte, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Index terms: Language and Literature - German
Abstract

The papers of this session will focus on the general theme of heresy under the special aspect of concrete punishment Western Christian religion and Eastern Buddhism inflicted on heretics. In treating several Christian heresies from the early and the late Middle Ages it will become evident that Western conceptions of hell were not uniform throughout the Middle Ages, but in contrast to an Eastern religion like Buddhism Christian ideas of punishment implied categorical rigors alien to Japan and its culture. The fourth paper tries to demonstrate how medieval catholic concepts of heresy continued to shape Early Modern protestant minds.