IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1119: Cities of Readers, II: The Performance of Writing

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:NWO Project 'Cities of Readers', Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Organiser:Sabrina Corbellini, Oudere Nederlandse Letterkunde Rijksuniversiteit Groningen Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26 9712 EK GRONINGEN
Moderator/Chair:Johanneke Uphoff, Afdeling Geschiedenis, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Paper 1119-aThe Manuscripts of the 'Coutume de Normandie': Between Legal Uses and Religious Consciousness
(Language: English)
Isabelle Bretthauer, Centre de Recherches Archéologiques et Historiques Anciennes et Médiévales (CRAHAM), Université de Caen Basse-Normandie
Index terms: Lay Piety, Literacy and Orality, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Religious Life
Paper 1119-bPerforming Scribal Identity in Medieval English Devotional Manuscripts
(Language: English)
Wendy Scase, Department of English, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Lay Piety, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Religious Life
Paper 1119-c'Scripto per me': The Performance of Writing in Late Medieval Italy
(Language: English)
Sabrina Corbellini, Oudere Nederlandse Letterkunde Rijksuniversiteit Groningen Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26 9712 EK GRONINGEN
Index terms: Language and Literature - Italian, Literacy and Orality, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

The research project ‘Cities of Readers: Religious Literacies in the Long 15th 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 ‘performance of writing’, i.e. on the study of the act of writing as an intellectual, religious, and devotional activity, as well as a fundamental step in the formation of a literate persona. It will approach writing in terms of materiality, cultural, and religious practices, of the creation of dedicated conceptual and physical spaces, and of ‘reflective and reflexive relationships’ between the writer and the writing spaces (JD Bolter, Writing Space).