Session Title

Theology and Vernacular Literary Culture in the Age of Christine de Pizan and Jean Gerson

Sponsoring Organization(s)

International Christine de Pizan Society, North American Branch; Jean Gerson Society

Organizer Name

Matthew Vanderpoel

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of Chicago

Presider Name

Kathryn Mogk

Presider Affiliation

Harvard Univ.

Paper Title 1

Translating Jewishness: Gerson, Miracles, and Religious Identity in the Vernacular

Presenter 1 Name

Wendy Love Anderson

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Washington Univ. in St. Louis

Paper Title 2

More than His Own Good: Royal Lordship in Christine de Pizan's Le Livre du corps de policie

Presenter 2 Name

Margaret M. Gower

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame

Paper Title 3

Vernacular Poetics and Latin Theology: D'Ailly and Gerson on the Rose and the Song

Presenter 3 Name

Matthew Vanderpoel

Paper Title 4

A Very Vernacular Saint: Joan of Arc and the Nation

Presenter 4 Name

Geneviève Young

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Start Date

12-5-2018 1:30 PM

Session Location

Bernhard 205

Description

The late medieval expansion of devotional practice across western and central Europe—exemplified perhaps by the Modern Devotion and the Brethren of the Common Life—has often been linked to the use of the vernacular, which was growing in prominence in both religious and less religious genres. Scholars have noted the importance of this vernacular theology, both as a discourse outside of the institutional spaces of scholastic Christian theology and as inflected by the vernacular literary cultures of its participants. However, comparatively little attention has been paid to how the vernacular literary cultures influenced “traditional” modes of doing theology in Christian Europe. This panel seeks to address this lacuna by attending to two giants of the late medieval era: Christine de Pizan and Jean Gerson. These two writers, who engaged with each other in the notorious querelle over the Rose and joined in praising Jeanne d’Arc, stand as Middle French authors steeped in the contemporary literary currents of their day and also active theologians engaging with scholastic and philosophical-theological texts.

Matthew Vanderpoel

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May 12th, 1:30 PM

Theology and Vernacular Literary Culture in the Age of Christine de Pizan and Jean Gerson

Bernhard 205

The late medieval expansion of devotional practice across western and central Europe—exemplified perhaps by the Modern Devotion and the Brethren of the Common Life—has often been linked to the use of the vernacular, which was growing in prominence in both religious and less religious genres. Scholars have noted the importance of this vernacular theology, both as a discourse outside of the institutional spaces of scholastic Christian theology and as inflected by the vernacular literary cultures of its participants. However, comparatively little attention has been paid to how the vernacular literary cultures influenced “traditional” modes of doing theology in Christian Europe. This panel seeks to address this lacuna by attending to two giants of the late medieval era: Christine de Pizan and Jean Gerson. These two writers, who engaged with each other in the notorious querelle over the Rose and joined in praising Jeanne d’Arc, stand as Middle French authors steeped in the contemporary literary currents of their day and also active theologians engaging with scholastic and philosophical-theological texts.

Matthew Vanderpoel