IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1511: Connecting with the Subject

Thursday 12 July 2012, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies, University of Kent
Organiser:Sarah James, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (MEMS), University of Kent
Moderator/Chair:Sarah James, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (MEMS), University of Kent
Paper 1511-aIlluminating Devotions: An Abbot's Role and Religion Shown Through the Iconography of Westminster Abbey's Litlyngton Missal
(Language: English)
Jayne Wackett, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (MEMS), University of Kent
Index terms: Art History - General, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1511-bDid God Hate Lepers?
(Language: English)
Rhiannon Mead, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (MEMS), University of Kent
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Medicine, Social History
Paper 1511-cHistory by Contact
(Language: English)
Thomas Lawrence, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (MEMS), University of Kent
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography, Mentalities
Abstract

This interdisciplinary post-graduate session brings together advanced students working in art history and literature to explore the ways in which texts and images can be deployed to construct new understandings of the individual as reader. Iconographical schemas and cultural constructions and assumptions about disease create discursive spaces within which the ‘ideal’ reader can be located; 20th-century theoretical approaches privileging subjective responses, when applied to medieval mixed-media, encourage intellectual play with this concept.