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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1217: Vernacular Devotion and Materiality

Wednesday 3 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Jennifer Brown, Department of English, Marymount Manhattan College, New York
Moderator/Chair:Ryan Perry, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (MEMS), University of Kent
Paper 1217-aDelightful Fruits, Bitter Weeds, and Poison Covered with Sugar: Textual Consumption and Spiritual Identity in Birgittine Devotional Literature
(Language: English)
Brandon Alakas, Department of Fine Arts & Humanities, University of Alberta, Augustana
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Religious Life
Paper 1217-bTouching, Reading, Speaking: The Materiality of Devotional Language in Middle English Texts
(Language: English)
Jennifer Brown, Department of English, Marymount Manhattan College, New York
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1217-cThe Everyday Materiality of Carthusian Richard Methley's Visionary Spirituality
(Language: English)
Laura Saetveit Miles, Institutt for Fremmedspråk, Universitet i Bergen
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography, Religious Life
Paper 1217-dClothing with the Resurrection: The Materiality of the Risen Christ in Carmelite Devotion in the Late Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Kevin Alban, Curia Generalizia dei Carmelitani, Roma
Index terms: Mentalities, Religious Life, Theology

This panel will look at the ways in which vernacular devotional literature and texts engage with the material world and engage their readers with the materiality of the texts themselves (as codices, as vellum, and in the imagery of the vocabulary). While each paper is approaching a different kind of material sensibility that is highlighted in the texts, all are investigating how the material both informs and conflicts with the sense of the spiritual and the purpose of devotional writing to elevate its readers beyond the material.