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-a||Archaeology and Anchoritism: A New Methodology|
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Religious Life
|Paper 1741-b||Anchoritic Legacies in the Vernon and Simeon Manuscripts|
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|
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Religious Life
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.