Session Title

Sacred and Profane, Clerical and Courtly: The Worlds of Love in the Age of Jean Gerson and Alain Chartier

Sponsoring Organization(s)

International Alain Chartier Society; Jean Gerson Society

Organizer Name

Linda Burke; Matthew Vanderpoel

Organizer Affiliation

Elmhurst College; Univ. of Chicago

Presider Name

Daisy Delogu

Presider Affiliation

Univ. of Chicago

Paper Title 1

"Qui parle d'amours par ouïr dire": Jean Gerson and Alain Chartier Speak of Love by Hearsay

Presenter 1 Name

Joan E. McRae

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Middle Tennessee State Univ.

Paper Title 2

"De Bono Viduitatis" versus "De celle qui se fist foutre sur la fosse de son mari": Images of Widowhood in Late Medieval French Polemic

Presenter 2 Name

Kandace Brill Lombart

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Independent Scholar

Paper Title 3

Love is a Stranger: Knowledge and Death in Gerson's Super cantica canticorum

Presenter 3 Name

Matthew Vanderpoel

Start Date

8-5-2020 3:30 PM

Session Location

Bernhard 212

Description

Contemporaries Jean Gerson and Alain Chartier are exciting subjects for collaborative study. Both authors were foundational to vernacular literary culture at the dawn of fifteenth-century French humanism, Gerson in popular preaching and Catholic education, and Chartier in poetry equally engaged with the contemporary world, but promulgating an ethic of love with a questionable relationship to Christian morality. Intrigued by this complexity, our Societies decided to explore the theme of love in particular with a focus on how the sacred and profane, the clerical and courtly coexisted in dialogue between many vernacular sources directed at a wide reading public, including women.

Our topic naturally invites a range of scholarly approaches to Gerson, Chartier, and their contemporaries. Manuscript study gives us many collections where the licentious (such as the Belle Dame and its cycle) and orthodox devotional writings (such as Le Miroir des dames) were assembled in the same volume with no apparent sense of contradiction. Both of our authors also flourished at the dawn of print culture. We expect close textual analysis of works by these authors using approaches indebted to literary criticism, literary theory, history of ideas, and more. Linda Burke

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May 8th, 3:30 PM

Sacred and Profane, Clerical and Courtly: The Worlds of Love in the Age of Jean Gerson and Alain Chartier

Bernhard 212

Contemporaries Jean Gerson and Alain Chartier are exciting subjects for collaborative study. Both authors were foundational to vernacular literary culture at the dawn of fifteenth-century French humanism, Gerson in popular preaching and Catholic education, and Chartier in poetry equally engaged with the contemporary world, but promulgating an ethic of love with a questionable relationship to Christian morality. Intrigued by this complexity, our Societies decided to explore the theme of love in particular with a focus on how the sacred and profane, the clerical and courtly coexisted in dialogue between many vernacular sources directed at a wide reading public, including women.

Our topic naturally invites a range of scholarly approaches to Gerson, Chartier, and their contemporaries. Manuscript study gives us many collections where the licentious (such as the Belle Dame and its cycle) and orthodox devotional writings (such as Le Miroir des dames) were assembled in the same volume with no apparent sense of contradiction. Both of our authors also flourished at the dawn of print culture. We expect close textual analysis of works by these authors using approaches indebted to literary criticism, literary theory, history of ideas, and more. Linda Burke