IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1741: Memory and Methodology: Anchoritic Legacies and Historical Reconstruction

Thursday 5 July 2018, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:International Anchoritic Society
Organisers:Alicia Smith, Queen's College, University of Oxford
Victoria Yuskaitis, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Ayoush Sarmada Lazikani, Hertford College, University of Oxford
Paper 1741-aArchaeology and Anchoritism: A New Methodology
(Language: English)
Victoria Yuskaitis, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Religious Life
Paper 1741-bAnchoritic Legacies in the Vernon and Simeon Manuscripts
(Language: English)
Catherine Innes-Parker, Department of English, University of Prince Edward Island
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Lay Piety, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Religious Life
Paper 1741-c'Each way means loneliness - and communion': Anchoritic Practice Refracted and Remembered in T. S. Eliot
(Language: English)
Alicia Smith, Queen's College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Religious Life
Abstract

The 2018 IMC theme of ‘Memory’ prompts a reconsideration of our understanding of English anchoritism, from its ideological beginnings with the Desert Fathers through to present-day veneration of Julian of Norwich. Anchoritism has been remembered and reinterpreted differently through the medieval period and later: the vocation was continually reshaped by its participants, texts, and community expectations and needs, and current trends in historiography also reconstruct anchoritism to some extent into a legacy that resonates with modern audiences.

This session aims to highlight understudied elements of the vocation by deconstructing these historiographic trends, such as explicit focus on gender or a reliance on narrow geographical or temporal limits. It includes papers from a variety of disciplines which bring a fresh methodological perspective to bear on various sources, from instructional texts to archaeological traces.