Session Title

What Is a Wycliffite Book?

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Lollard Society

Organizer Name

Michael Van Dussen, Robyn Malo

Organizer Affiliation

McGill Univ., Purdue Univ.

Presider Name

Robyn Malo

Paper Title 1

What Is a Wycliffite Bible?

Presenter 1 Name

Mary Raschko

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Mercer Univ.

Paper Title 2

Re-evaluating the Lollard Sub-group of Manuscripts containing The Prick of Conscience

Presenter 2 Name

Ann Killian

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Yale Univ.

Paper Title 3

Lollard Diplomatics

Presenter 3 Name

Stephen Yeager

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Concordia Univ.

Paper Title 4

This Is Not a Lollard Book

Presenter 4 Name

Zachary E. Stone

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Univ. of Virginia

Start Date

10-5-2014 1:30 PM

Session Location

Bernhard Brown & Gold Room

Description

In recent years scholars have been expanding and complicating definitions of what constitutes heresy, orthodoxy, and heterodoxy, investigating how so-called Wycliffite practices intersect with mainstream forms of devotion, theology, literature, etc. This expansion is characterized in part by textual analysis. Yet increasingly sophisticated ways of studying individual texts (as abstracted compositions) do not necessarily help us when we examine other levels of text such as the codex and its material forms. While many studies offer nuanced analyses of what makes a Wycliffite text, then, this panel seeks to develop a more sophisticated typology of what constitutes a Wycliffite book in its socio-material contexts. Possible questions to consider include several that have become familiar in manuscript studies, but which take on special resonance in the context of Wycliffite controversy. How does the material form of the codex shape how we understand the reception and circulation of its contents? What do we mean when we call a book or manuscript “Wycliffite”? What characteristics must a miscellany have in order to be considered Wycliffite? How might the contents of a miscellany illuminate its Wycliffite text(s)? Contributors to this panel are invited to consider the distinctions between material (and unique) codicological evidence and more abstracted levels of text.

-by Michael Van Dussen and Robyn Malo

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May 10th, 1:30 PM

What Is a Wycliffite Book?

Bernhard Brown & Gold Room

In recent years scholars have been expanding and complicating definitions of what constitutes heresy, orthodoxy, and heterodoxy, investigating how so-called Wycliffite practices intersect with mainstream forms of devotion, theology, literature, etc. This expansion is characterized in part by textual analysis. Yet increasingly sophisticated ways of studying individual texts (as abstracted compositions) do not necessarily help us when we examine other levels of text such as the codex and its material forms. While many studies offer nuanced analyses of what makes a Wycliffite text, then, this panel seeks to develop a more sophisticated typology of what constitutes a Wycliffite book in its socio-material contexts. Possible questions to consider include several that have become familiar in manuscript studies, but which take on special resonance in the context of Wycliffite controversy. How does the material form of the codex shape how we understand the reception and circulation of its contents? What do we mean when we call a book or manuscript “Wycliffite”? What characteristics must a miscellany have in order to be considered Wycliffite? How might the contents of a miscellany illuminate its Wycliffite text(s)? Contributors to this panel are invited to consider the distinctions between material (and unique) codicological evidence and more abstracted levels of text.

-by Michael Van Dussen and Robyn Malo