IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1308: 'Thy lustie lyre ovirspred with spottis blak': New Approaches to Disease in Vernacular Literature

Wednesday 3 July 2013, 16.30-18.00

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 1308-aThe Culture of Leprosy in England
(Language: English)
Rhiannon Maskell, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (MEMS), University of Kent
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Medicine
Paper 1308-bLeprosy in Medieval Ireland As Seen in Hagiography
(Language: English)
Anne Paton, School of Humanities (Celtic & Gaelic), University of Glasgow
Index terms: Language and Literature - Celtic, Medicine
Paper 1308-c'In the ceson of huge mortalite / Of sondre disseses with the pestilence': Exploring the Role of Disease in the Middle English Literature of Death
(Language: English)
Thomas Lawrence, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (MEMS), University of Kent
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Medicine
Abstract

The aim of this panel is to showcase new research on disease literature. Interdisciplinary research techniques have changed how we approach literary works, particularly those concerned with disease. Considering how disease literature is connected to medical knowledge, social attitudes, religious doctrine and the broader medieval culture offers a vastly different view of the place of disease literature. This panel will explore the importance of leprosy in the literature of both medieval England and Ireland and how disease literature is used as a vehicle to prepare the sick for death.