IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 225: Hagiography without Borders

Monday 9 July 2012, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Hagiography Society
Organiser:Helen Birkett, Department of History, University of Exeter
Moderator/Chair:Cordelia Warr, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Paper 225-aHow to Preach the Golden Legend: The Legends of the Cross and of St George in the De sanctis Sermons of James of Voragine
(Language: English)
Giovanni Paolo Maggioni, Scienze Umanistiche, Sociali e della Formazione, Universita degli Studi del Molise
Index terms: Hagiography, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 225-bThe Idea of the Vernacular in the Scottish Legendary
(Language: English)
Eva von Contzen, Englisches Seminar, Ruhr-Universit├Ąt Bochum
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Other
Paper 225-cManuscript to Marble: The Vitae of St Ursus in Medieval Aosta
(Language: English)
Cheryl L. Kaufman, Independent Scholar, Austin
Index terms: Art History - Sculpture, Hagiography

This session offers three different perspectives on the wider literary and cultural context of hagiographical narratives. The first paper discusses how preachers used certain stories in the Golden Legend, associated with literary or historical texts, to explain doctrine and to encourage virtue. The second paper explores the ‘idea of the vernacular’ and narrative strategies in the Scottish Legendary, a large compilation of saints’ lives dating from the late 14th century. The third paper compares the textual tradition of St Ursus, patron saint of Aosta in Italy, with the sculptural narrative found on a marble capital at the college of Augustinian canons in the town.