IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 520: Attitudes towards Religion from the Anglo-Saxon Era to the Later Middle Ages, II: Orthodoxy, Heresy, and the Self

Tuesday 14 July 2009, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:School of English, Queen's University Belfast
Organiser:Kathrin Prietzel, School of English, Queen's University Belfast
Moderator/Chair:Malte Urban, School of English, Queen's University Belfast
Paper 520-aSocial and Political Changes as Reflected in the Revelatio Esdrae
(Language: English)
Marilina Cesario, Brasenose College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Computing in Medieval Studies, Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Middle English, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 520-bOrthodoxy, Heterodoxy, and the Figure of the Heretic in Late Medieval Religious Writing: Re-Assessing the Divide
(Language: English)
Amy Kieran, School of English, Queen's University Belfast
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Lay Piety, Religious Life, Theology
Paper 520-cPsycho-Theologies of Transformation: Reciprocal Immanence, Ontological Resonance, and the Cloud of Unknowing
(Language: English)
Daniel McCann, School of English, Queen's University, Belfast
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Lay Piety, Mentalities, Theology
Abstract

This session focuses on the changing attitudes towards the prevailing religious beliefs in the later medieval period. The first paper discusses such changes within a specific genre of texts, the computus, and explores its textual transmission from the 9th to the 16th centuries. The second paper argues that closer examination of texts considered to be ‘orthodox’ or ‘heterodox’ reveal them to be less than disparate in their actual outlook, and therefore the idea of a singular heretic is not exactly correct. The third paper focuses on the sophisticated psycho-theologies of transformation in the Cloud of Unknowing, thereby discussing how the relationship between text, self, and God were investigated and aesthetically presented.