IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1631: The Reformative Power of Religious Literature, II

Thursday 9 July 2015, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:University of Hull
Organisers:Rob Lutton, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Elisabeth Salter, Department of English, University of Hull
Moderator/Chair:Rob Lutton, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Paper 1631-a'Spiritual Regimen': The Reformative Power of the Humours in the 14th- and 15th-Century Middle English Spiritual Guidance Texts
(Language: English)
Rebecca Maryan, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Lay Piety, Medicine
Paper 1631-bSweet Wine and Anointing Oil: Vocabularies and Hierarchies of Healing in the Croxton 'Play of the Sacrament'
(Language: English)
Michael Leahy, Department of English & Humanities, Birkbeck, University of London
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Lay Piety, Medicine
Paper 1631-cThe Poetics of Religious Reading: Examples from the Prick of Conscience and Other Late Medieval Texts of Instruction
(Language: English)
Elisabeth Salter, Department of English, University of Hull
Index terms: Anthropology, Language and Literature - Middle English, Lay Piety
Abstract

This is one of two linked sessions exploring the reformative power of religious literatures from a range of perspectives. Session II takes up issues of remedy, healing, and spiritual health. Maryan examines the changing uses of humoral concepts as part of the structure of religious instructional writing. Leahy examines vocabulary to evaluate the competing agendas of medical and divine healing in late medieval drama. Salter discusses evidence for how the poetic of religious instructional literature re-formed the spiritual health of the reader.