IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1526: Do As You Are Told: The Transmission of Morals and Knowledge in Middle Dutch Literature, 14th-15th Centuries

Thursday 12 July 2012, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Youri Desplenter, Vakgroep Nederlandse literatuur, Universiteit Gent
Moderator/Chair:Geert Warnar, Institute for Cultural Disciplines, Universiteit Leiden
Paper 1526-aReading the Dietsche Doctrinale: Marginalia in Manuscript Den Haag, KB: 76 E 5 (Beatrijs Manuscript, c. 1374)
(Language: English)
Renée Gabriël, Afdeling Nederlandse Taal en Cultuur, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Index terms: Language and Literature - Dutch, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Mentalities
Paper 1526-bThe Ten Commandments and the Ideal of Introspective Individuation in the Late Middle Ages, c. 1300-c. 1550
(Language: English)
Youri Desplenter, Vakgroep Nederlandse literatuur, Universiteit Gent
Index terms: Language and Literature - Dutch, Mentalities, Religious Life
Paper 1526-cThe Construction of Knowledge in Late Medieval Travel Narratives in the Vernacular
(Language: English)
Alexia Lagast, Departement Letterkunde, Universiteit Antwerpen
Index terms: Language and Literature - Dutch, Rhetoric
Abstract

From the 14th century on, Middle Dutch literature was increasingly enriched with moral-didactic writings, initially mainly based on authoritative (Latin) sources. That goes for Dietsche Doctrinale (1345; based on De amore et dilectione Dei et proximi by Albertanus of Brescia), and for 14th- and 15th-century treatises on the Ten Commandments. By the end of the 15th century, European intellectual culture had transformed into a critical and empirical mindset. Travel narratives form a clear example of this mutation. In this session, the ways knowledge and ethics were transmitted in Middle Dutch moral-didactic writings from various subgenres will be discussed and contextualized.