IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1325: Mobility of Ideas and Trmittansmission of Texts (MITT): Vernacular Literature and Learning in the Rhineland and the Low Countries (c. 1300-1550), IV

Wednesday 11 July 2012, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:'Mobility of Ideas & Transmission of Texts (MITT)', Marie Curie Initial Training Network
Organiser:Anna Dlabačová, Institute for Cultural Disciplines, Universiteit Leiden
Moderator/Chair:Youri Desplenter, Vakgroep Nederlandse literatuur, Universiteit Gent
Paper 1325-aThe Hierarchy of Angels and the Ascent of the Soul towards God: The Reception of Dionysius the Areopagite in High Middle German
(Language: English)
Myrtha Ehlert, Dipartimento di Filologia classica & Scienze filosofiche, Università del Salento, Lecce
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Language and Literature - Latin, Philosophy, Religious Life
Paper 1325-bThe Role of Northern Germany in the Dissemination and Transmission of Texts, II: Hagiography
(Language: English)
Elizabeth A. Andersen, School of Modern Languages, Newcastle University
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - German, Religious Life
Paper 1325-cThe Books of Margarethe von Rodemachern and Dutch Literature in Luxemburg: New Examples of the Mobility of Ideas and Transmission of Texts
(Language: English)
Geert Warnar, Institute for Cultural Disciplines, Universiteit Leiden
Index terms: Language and Literature - Dutch, Lay Piety, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Religious Life

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.