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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1219: A Feast for the Senses: Taste, Sound, and Smell in Medieval Dream Visions

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Charlotte Rudman, Department of English, King's College London
Moderator/Chair:Francesca Brooks, Department of English, King's College London
Paper 1219-a'Owt at the mowthe the fure brast': The Tastes and Smell of the Afterlife in Medieval Visionary Literature
(Language: English)
Charlotte Knight, Department of English, King's College London
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Lay Piety
Paper 1219-bFeed Your Fear: Fire and Brimstone in Türlîn's Diu Crône
(Language: English)
Madelon Köhler-Busch, Department of Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - German, Mentalities, Women's Studies
Paper 1219-cCan You Hear That Too?: Sound Perception in Medieval Dream Poems
(Language: English)
Charlotte Rudman, Department of English, King's College London
Index terms: Daily Life, Language and Literature - Middle English

In dream poems and visionary literature, the individual encounters the world of the dream or vision in a disembodied state. However, the settings in which the dreamer or visionary finds themselves are experienced and created through the vivid evocation of the senses: taste, sound, and touch as well as sight. This session will engage with this tension between the state of disembodiment and the use of the senses across a range of dream and visionary texts, examining how it is used to convey anxieties as to the ambiguity of sensory experience and knowledge gained through the senses.