IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 709: Cities of Readers, III: Navigating Spaces - Performative Religious Reading

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Project 'Cities of Readers', Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Organiser:Joanka van der Laan, Oudere Nederlandse Letterkunde, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Moderator/Chair:Sabrina Corbellini, Oudere Nederlandse Letterkunde Rijksuniversiteit Groningen Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26 9712 EK GRONINGEN
Paper 709-aFrom Church Wall to Prayer Roll: Place, Media, Memory, and the Performative Reading of Erthe unto Erthe
(Language: English)
Mary Agnes Edsall, Independent Scholar, Maine
Mary Agnes Edsall, Independent Scholar, Maine
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Lay Piety
Paper 709-bSetting the Stage for Reading: Spatial Demarcation in a Middle Dutch Life of Christ
(Language: English)
Bart Ramakers, Oudere Nederlandse Letterkunde, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Bart Ramakers, Oudere Nederlandse Letterkunde, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Index terms: Language and Literature - Dutch, Lay Piety
Paper 709-c'Go into a secluded space': Performative Reading in Some Late Medieval Devotional Texts from the Low Countries
(Language: English)
Joanka van der Laan, Oudere Nederlandse Letterkunde, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Joanka van der Laan, Oudere Nederlandse Letterkunde, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Index terms: Language and Literature - Dutch, Lay Piety
Abstract

The research project ‘Cities of Readers: Religious Literacies in the Long Fifteenth Century’ aims at reconstructing the impact and the diffusion of religious readership and the making of religious knowledge among lay believers and to study their active role in this process. This session will focus on the ways medieval readers bodily engaged in navigating devotional space. This spatiality may comprise religious texts themselves; the real or imaginary places these evoked; as well as the spaces and places where they were actually read. This session aims to define reading as a performative process, spatially structuring religious experience and memory.