IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 527: The Power of Books

Tuesday 10 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:Jayne Wackett, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (MEMS), University of Kent
Paper 527-aInconspicuous Consumption: Reconsidering the Book of Hours as an Instrument of Private Devotion
(Language: English)
Alixe Bovey, School of History, University of Kent
Index terms: Art History - General, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 527-bSpreading the Light: Mapping the Vernacular Elucidarium in Medieval England
(Language: English)
Sarah James, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (MEMS), University of Kent
Index terms: Lay Piety, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Theology
Paper 527-cThe Mystery of the Devotional Miscellany: Some 15th-Century Compilations
(Language: English)
Ryan Perry, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (MEMS), University of Kent
Index terms: Lay Piety, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

This session reflects the growing awareness of the importance of the materiality of the book in arriving at an understanding of the transmission and reception of medieval texts. It brings together scholars with interests in art history, literature and theology to explore the ways in which meaning is communicated – within texts, of course, but also by manuscripts and books as material objects. Such an approach acknowledges the cultural power of the book in itself and the ways in which it communicates powerful messages about its patrons, owners and readers.