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Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature : Image, Text, and Religious Reform in Fifteenth-Century England Series Number 81 - Shannon Gayk

Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature

Image, Text, and Religious Reform in Fifteenth-Century England Series Number 81

Hardcover Published: 15th November 2010
ISBN: 9780521190800
Number Of Pages: 266

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Focusing on the period between the Wycliffite critique of images and Reformation iconoclasm, Shannon Gayk investigates the sometimes complementary and sometimes fraught relationship between vernacular devotional writing and the religious image. She examines how a set of fifteenth-century writers, including Lollard authors, John Lydgate, Thomas Hoccleve, John Capgrave, and Reginald Pecock, translated complex clerical debates about the pedagogical and spiritual efficacy of images and texts into vernacular settings and literary forms. These authors found vernacular discourse to be a powerful medium for explaining and reforming contemporary understandings of visual experience. In its survey of the function of literary images and imagination, the epistemology of vision, the semiotics of idols, and the authority of written texts, this study reveals a fifteenth century that was as much an age of religious and literary exploration, experimentation, and reform as it was an age of regulation.

'... Image, Text, and Religious Reform in Fifteenth-Century England is a timely and detailed study of the complex relationship between religious images and English devotional texts written in the last pre-Reformation century ... Gayk's learned book is an important contribution to what Vincent Gillespie describes as the continued "religious turn" in Middle English studies.' English Studies
"... Image, Text, and Religious Reform in Fifteenth-Century England is a timely and detailed study of the complex relationship between religious images and English devotional texts written in the last pre-Reformation century ... Gayk's learned book is an important contribution to what Vincent Gillespie describes as the continued 'religious turn' in Middle English studies.' English Studies

Acknowledgementsp. vi
List of abbreviationsp. viii
Introduction: reformations of the imagep. 1
Lollard iconographiesp. 15
Thomas Hoccleve's spectaclesp. 45
John Lydgate's refigurations of the imagep. 84
John Capgrave's material memorialsp. 123
Reginald Pecock's libri laicorump. 155
Epilogue: words for imagesp. 189
Notesp. 192
Bibliographyp. 229
Indexp. 250
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ISBN: 9780521190800
ISBN-10: 0521190800
Series: Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 266
Published: 15th November 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.57