IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1025: Mobility of Ideas and Transmission of Texts (MITT): Vernacular Literature and Learning in the Rhineland and the Low Countries (c. 1300-1550), I

Wednesday 11 July 2012, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:'Mobility of Ideas & Transmission of Texts (MITT)', Marie Curie Initial Training Network
Organiser:Anna Dlabačová, Institute for Cultural Disciplines, Universiteit Leiden
Moderator/Chair:Geert Warnar, Institute for Cultural Disciplines, Universiteit Leiden
Paper 1025-aThe Role of Northern Germany in the Dissemination and Transmission of Texts, I: Devotional Literature
(Language: English)
Henrike Lähnemann, School of Modern Languages, Newcastle University
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Lay Piety, Religious Life
Paper 1025-b'Traktat von den Seelenkräften': A Late Medieval Introduction to the German Translation of Herps' Spieghel der volcomenheit
(Language: English)
Anna Dlabačová, Institute for Cultural Disciplines, Universiteit Leiden
Marieke Abram, Philosophisches Seminar, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Index terms: Language and Literature - Dutch, Language and Literature - German, Lay Piety, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1025-c'Jerson, die doctoer canselier van Parijs, scrijft': The Influence of Jean Gerson on Late 15th-Century Middle Dutch Literature
(Language: English)
Daniëlle Prochowski, Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen
Index terms: Language and Literature - Dutch, Religious Life, Sermons and Preaching
Abstract

Mobility of Ideas and Transmission of Texts (MITT) studies the late medieval transmission of learning from the ecclesiastical and academic elites of the professional intellectuals to the wider readership that could be reached through the vernacular. MITT focusses on medieval dynamics of intellectual, religious and literary life in the Rhineland and the Low Countries, nowadays divided over five countries (Switzerland, France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands) but one cultural region in the later Middle Ages. Here, the great 14th-century mystics Meister Eckhart, Johannes Tauler, Jan van Ruusbroec and their contemporaries shaped a sophisticated vernacular literature on mystical theology, introducing new lay audiences to the contemplative life. Participants in this session are invited to present views on this textual culture by looking at the readership, appropriation and circulation of literature in contemporary contexts.