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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 522: Fixed Materiality in a Fluid Environment: Literary and Liturgical Visions of Landscape in the Early Medieval West

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Prato Consortium for Medieval & Renaissance Studies / Australian Early Medieval Association
Organiser:Stephen Joyce, Centre for Studies in Religion & Theology, Monash University, Victoria
Moderator/Chair:Roderick McDonald, Independent Scholar, Sheffield
Paper 522-aIdeological Landscapes: Ausonius, Fortunatus, and the Ruins of the Moselle
(Language: English)
Christopher Bishop, Centre for Classical Studies, Australian National University, Canberra
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Language and Literature - Latin, Theology
Paper 522-bLandscapes of Violence: Gregory of Tours, Gregory the Great, and the Lives of the Fathers of Merida
(Language: English)
Bronwen Neil, Centre for Early Christian Studies, Australian Catholic University
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Language and Literature - Latin
Paper 522-cIreland as a Biblical Eden: A Unified Vision of Landscape in Bede's Historia Ecclesiastica?
(Language: English)
Stephen Joyce, Centre for Studies in Religion & Theology, Monash University, Victoria
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - Latin, Political Thought
Paper 522-dAscendit Moyses: Mount Sinai in the Landscape of Liturgical Chant
(Language: English)
Carol J. Williams, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Monash University, Victoria
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Language and Literature - Latin, Liturgy, Music

Literary and liturgical approaches to landscape in the early medieval West often speak to profound views on theological or ideological issues. Whether nature is good or bad; its law benevolent or barbaric? Whether domination of the environment is a divine stewardship or the beginnings of human pride? Whether Nature is a cruel mistress or a divine judge? These papers examine literary and aural landscapes from the early medieval West to shine more light on the deeper human questions at the heart of their creation.