The New Middle Ages

The Vernacular Spirit

Essays on Medieval Religious Literature

Editors: Blumenfeld-Kosinski, R., Warren, N., Robertson, D. (Eds.)

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The late-medieval movement into 'vernacular theology,' as it has come to be called, inspired many forms of literary expression, in all the languages of Europe. Spanning a wide field, the contributors to this volume consider hagiography, translations of and commentaries on scripture, accounts of visionary experiences, and devotional literature. Their essays illuminate encounters with the divine mediated through language, bringing into play a diversity of national cultures and disciplinary points of view. They also engage vital social and political issues connected with religious experience, including challenges to authority, reinterpretations of texts, and renegotiations of gender roles.

About the authors

RENATE BLUMENFELD-KOSINSKI is Professor of French and director of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

NANCY WARREN is Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Utah State University. She is the author of Spritual Economies: Female Monasticism in Later Medieval England.

DUNCAN ROBERTSON is Professor of French and Spanish at Augusta State University and author of Medieval Saints' Lives.

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"The important themes of vernacularity, spirituality, and gender in the later Middle Ages are explored here across a broad European canvas. The Vernacular Spirit brings together studies of English, French, German, Flemish, and Spanish religious and devotional writing; while the volume defines certain issues in common among literary traditions, each essay presents a fully historicized reading of a particular vernacular spiritual community and its emergence within the terms of its own linguistic, cultural, and political tradition. This volume will be an excellent resource for comparative perspectives on vernacular spirituality, and for an understanding of the variety of vernacular literary formations in response to the growth of lay spirituality across medieval Europe." - Rita Copeland, University of Pennsylvania


Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-11

    Blumenfeld-Kosinski, Renate (et al.)

  • Rolle Playing: “And the Word Became Flesh”

    Pages 15-37

    Manter, Lisa

  • Disruptive Simplicity: Gaytryge’s Translation of Archbishop Thoresby’s Injunctions

    Pages 39-58

    Fitzgibbons, Moira

  • Excitative Speech: Theories of Emotive Response from Richard Fitzralph to Margery Kempe

    Pages 59-79

    Somerset, Fiona

  • Translating Scripture for Ma dame de Champagne: The Old French “Paraphrase” of Psalm 44 (Eructavit)

    Pages 83-103

    Powell, Morgan

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Vernacular Spirit
Book Subtitle
Essays on Medieval Religious Literature
Editors
  • R. Blumenfeld-Kosinski
  • N. Warren
  • D. Robertson
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2002
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski, Duncan Robertson, and Nancy Bradley Warren
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-10719-9
DOI
10.1057/9780230107199
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-38756-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 324
Topics