IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 319: Vocabularies and Their Rules in English Textual Culture, c. 1200-1450

Monday 9 July 2012, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Aberystwyth University
Organiser:Elisabeth Salter, Department of English Literature & Creative Writing, Aberystwyth University
Moderator/Chair:Elisabeth Salter, Department of English Literature & Creative Writing, Aberystwyth University
Respondent:Rob Lutton, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Paper 319-aSpeaking Outside of the Box: Vocabulary and Universals in John Gower's Confessio Amantis
(Language: English)
Sarah McKeon, Department of English Literature & Creative Writing, Aberystwyth University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Philosophy
Paper 319-bVocabularies of Practice in Vernacular Devotional Writings of the 14th Century
(Language: English)
Janet Gunning, Independent Scholar, Durham
Index terms: Anthropology, Language and Literature - Middle English
Abstract

The purpose of this session is to explore the ways in which vocabularies are used, manipulated, invented, and translated by a range of writers in the high and late middle ages. The focus of the session is on the concept of vocabulary. McKeon’s paper focusses on the transmission of religious and philosophical ideas in the work of John Gower. Gunning’s paper focusses on specific vocabularies of devotional practice in vernacular religious discourses of the 14th century. The session as a whole therefore seeks to understand more about how we might understand the concept of vocabulary and the rules being used and manipulated in the use and construction of medieval vocabularies of theory and practice.