Devotional Interaction in Medieval England and its Afterlives


Devotional Interaction in Medieval England and its Afterlives examines the interaction between medieval English worshippers and the material objects of their devotion. The volume also addresses the afterlives of objects and buildings in their temporal journeys from the Middle Ages to the present day. Written by the participants of a National Endowment for the Humanities-funded seminar held in York, U.K., in 2014, the chapters incorporate site-specific research with the insights of scholars of visual art, literature, music, liturgy, ritual, and church history. Interdisciplinarity is a central feature of this volume, which celebrates interactivity as a working method between its authors as much as a subject of inquiry.
Contributors are Lisa Colton, Elizabeth Dachowski, Angie Estes, Gregory Erickson, Jennifer M. Feltman, Elisa A. Foster
Laura D. Gelfand, Louise Hampson, Kerilyn Harkaway-Krieger, Kathleen E. Kennedy, Heather S. Mitchell-Buck, Julia Perratore, Steven Rozenski, Carolyn Twomey, and Laura J. Whatley.

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Elisa A. Foster, Ph.D. (Brown, 2012), is a Henry Moore Foundation Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds and Associate Tutor at the University of York. She has published on medieval sculpture, religious processions and the image of the Black Madonna in medieval and early modern Europe.
Julia Perratore, Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania, 2012), is Visiting Assistant Professor at Fordham University. She has published on architectural sculpture, community formation, and urban identity in medieval Europe.
Steven Rozenski, Ph.D. (Harvard, 2012), is Assistant Professor of Medieval English at the University of Rochester (New York). He has published on medieval English and Dutch poetry, German devotional literature, manuscript illumination, and medieval translation practices.
"The volume comprises a collection of fascinating studies that celebrate and model the practice of interdisciplinary and collaborative research as the best way to analyze medieval devotion. It will be of interest to scholars working in any field of medieval studies, especially those who concern themselves with inter- or multidisciplinary approaches to medieval religion and its visual and material culture". Beth Williamson, in Speculum 95/3, July 2020.

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Elisa A. Foster, Julia Perratore and Steven Rozenski

Part 1: The Home

1 “lothe to thenk on ought bot on Hymself”: Interaction and Contemplation in The Cloud of Unknowing
Kerilyn Harkaway-Krieger
2 Crusading for (Heavenly) Jerusalem: A Noble Woman, Devotion, and the Trinity Apocalypse (Cambridge, Trinity College, MS R.16.2)
Laura J. Whatley
3 English Iconographic Rings and Medieval Populuxe Jewelery
Kathleen E. Kennedy

Part 2: The Cathedral

4 The Last Judgement Porch at Lincoln Cathedral over the Longue Durée: Iconography, Interaction, and Religious Thought
Jennifer M. Feltman
5 Beverley Minster’s 14th-Century Architectural Sculptures in a Devotional Context
Julia Perratore
6 ‘I was blind and now I can see!’ Sight and Revelation in the St William Window in York Minster
Laura D. Gelfand
7 The Truth behind the Mask? Comparing Two Views of the interior of York Minster in the 16th Century
Louise Hampson
8 Song in Space and Space in Song: Physical and Conceptual Boundaries in English Devotional Music, 1250-1500
Lisa Colton

Part 3: The City

9 ‘This is My Body’: Devotion to the Corpus Christi Shrine in Late Medieval York
Elisa A. Foster
10 How Alien were the Alien Priories of Yorkshire?
Elizabeth Dachowski

Part 4: The Parish Church

11 A Light to Lighten the Gentiles: Stained Glass, The Prick of Conscience, and Theological Double Vision in All Saints (North Street), York
Steven Rozenski
12 Romanesque Baptismal Fonts in East Yorkshire Parishes: Decoration and Devotion
Carolyn Twomey

Part 5: Afterlives: Medieval Devotion and Modern Thought

13 James Joyce’s Ulysses and the Medieval Eucharist: Fragmented Narratives of Doubt and Creation
Gregory Erickson
14 Restored, Revived, Remixed, Reified? Our Devotion to the Medieval Past
Heather Mitchell-Buck
Postscript: Afterlife
Angie Estes

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All interested in medieval devotion, particularly interdisciplinary studies of visual art, literature, space, ritual, and liturgy. Our book focuses on, but is not limited to, York and Yorkshire, England.
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