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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1746: The Muddying of Factional Demarcations in Late Medieval English Religious Discourses

Thursday 6 July 2023, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Lollard Society
Organiser:Ian Johnson, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies / School of English, University of St Andrews
Moderator/Chair:Michael van Dussen, Department of English, Ohio State University
Paper 1746-a'Commyning togider': Shared Modes of Religious Conversation in 15th-Century England and Their Implications for the Orthodox-Heterodox Dichotomy
(Language: English)
Rob Lutton, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Religious Life, Social History
Paper 1746-bThe Lemmatic Orthodox Community in between and amongst Fragmentary Interpretations in the Middle English Wycliffite Glossed Gospels
(Language: English)
Ian Johnson, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies / School of English, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English
Paper 1746-c'Quere': Textual Auditors in and around the Common Profit Tradition
(Language: English)
Ryan Perry, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (MEMS), University of Kent
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography, Social History

This session investigates the variegated and productive ways in which an orthodox-heterodox dichotomy was straddled and may be brought into question for modern scholars through examples of practice spanning formally different but comparable loci in late medieval English oral and written culture. Whereas one paper interrogates the performative grounds of communal conversations about religion across the heretic-orthodox divide, another examines hermeneutic conversations muddying the same divide, as afforded by the hybridity of the Middle English Wycliffite Glossed Gospels - a vernacular biblical version which, though dissident, nevertheless draws on standard Latin biblical exegesis. A third presentation in this session explores a further comparable muddying of notions of simple lines of demarcation between lay religious factions revealed by Londoners' practices of auditing common-profit religious books.