IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 122: Mnemonic Diagrams in Late Medieval Preaching and Pedagogy

Monday 2 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:International Medieval Sermon Studies Society
Organiser:Kimberly Rivers, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Moderator/Chair:Anne Holloway, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Monash University, Victoria
Paper 122-aHow to Know and Love God: Visual Strategies in Llull's Art and Its Early Reception
(Language: English)
Pamela Beattie, Department of Comparative Humanities, University of Louisville, Kentucky
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Language and Literature - Other, Lay Piety, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 122-bSchematic Imaging: A Tool for the Late Medieval Preacher
(Language: English)
Holly Johnson, Department of English, Mississippi State University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Rhetoric, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 122-cHow to Memorize the Decretals in the Later Middle Ages: Johannes Sintram's Mnemonic Diagram
(Language: English)
Kimberly Rivers, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Index terms: Canon Law, Education, Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography

This session examines ways in which late medieval preachers and teachers across Europe used visual strategies to convey pastoral, theological, and legal teaching to the laity and the clergy in the late Middle Ages. One paper will focus on diagrams in the Art of Ramon Llull as a point of intersection between the scholastics and the educated laity. A second paper will look at the ways late medieval English preachers use schematic imaging as a mnemonic and rhetorical tool to drive home theological and pastoral teachings. A third will look at how late medieval preachers and lawyers were able to memorise massive amounts of legal material through a mnemonic diagram for memorizing the Decretals, copied down by the German Franciscan Johannes Sintram.