IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1225: Mobility of Ideas and Transmission of Texts (MITT): Vernacular Literature and Learning in the Rhineland and the Low Countries (c. 1300-1550), III

Wednesday 11 July 2012, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:'Mobility of Ideas & Transmission of Texts (MITT)', Marie Curie Initial Training Network
Organiser:Anna Dlabačová, Institute for Cultural Disciplines, Universiteit Leiden
Moderator/Chair:Koen Goudriaan, Opleiding Geschiedenis, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Paper 1225-aBrother Ulrich's Sermon on the Daughter of Zion, or, Cistercian Texts in Translation
(Language: English)
Stephen Mossman, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Language and Literature - Latin, Religious Life
Paper 1225-bThe Use and Function of Devotional Imagery in Henry Suso's Exemplar: A Reassessment
(Language: English)
Ingrid Falque, Institute for Cultural Disciplines, Universiteit Leiden
Index terms: Art History - General, Language and Literature - German, Religious Life
Paper 1225-cHearing versus Seeing: Eckhart's Ideas on Sight and Sound and the Writings of Alijt Bake
(Language: English)
Joni de Mol, Institute for Cultural Disciplines, Universiteit Leiden
Index terms: Language and Literature - Dutch, Philosophy, Religious Life
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.