Images, Idolatry, and Iconoclasm in Late Medieval England: Textuality and the Visual Image

Hardcover | February 1, 2002

EditorJeremy Dimmick, James Simpson, Nicolette Zeeman

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This book capitalizes on brilliant recent work on sixteenth-century iconoclasm to extend the study of images, both their making and their breaking, into an earlier period and wider discursive territories. Pressures towards iconoclasm are powerfully registered in fourteenth andfifteenth-century writings, both heterodox and orthodox, just as the use of images is central to the practice of both politics and religion. The governance of images turns out, indeed, to be central to governance itself. It is also of critical concern in any moment of historical change, when newcultural forms must incorporate or destroy the images of the old order. The iconoclast redescribes images as pure matter, objects of idolatry worthy only of the hammer. Issues of historical memory, no less than of social ethics, are, then, inherent to the making, love, and destruction of images.These issues are the consistent concern of the essays of this volume, essays commissioned from a range of outstanding late medievalists in a variety of disciplines: literature, art history, Biblical studies, and intellectual history.

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This book capitalizes on brilliant recent work on sixteenth-century iconoclasm to extend the study of images, both their making and their breaking, into an earlier period and wider discursive territories. Pressures towards iconoclasm are powerfully registered in fourteenth andfifteenth-century writings, both heterodox and orthodox, jus...

Jeremy Dimmick is a College Lecturer in English, St Catherine's College, Oxford. James Simpson is Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English, University of Cambridge, and Professorial Fellow, Girton College, Cambridge. Nicolette Zeeman is Fellow of King's College, Cambridge, and Newton Trust Lecturer in the Faculty of English, Univ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:February 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IllustrationsJeremy Dimmick, James Simpson, and Nicolette Zeeman: Introduction1. James Simpson: The Rule of Medieval Imagination2. L. O. Aranye Fradenburg: Making, Mourning, and the Love of Idols3. Nicolette Zeeman: The Idol of the Text4. Davie Aers: The Sacrament fo the Altar in Piers Plowman and the Late Medieval Church in England5. Ralph Hanna III: Langland's Ymaginatif: Images and the Limits of Poetry6. Nicholas Watson: 'Et que est huius ydoli materia? Tuipse': Idols and Images in Walter Hilton7. Rita Copeland: Sophistic, Spectrality, Iconoclasm8. Sarah Stanbury: The Vivacity of Images: St Katherine, Knighton's Lollards, and the Breaking of Idols9. Michael Camille: The Iconoclast's Desire: Deguileville's Idolatry in France and England10. Wendy Scase: Writing and the 'Poetics of Spectacle': Political Epiphanies in The Arrivall of Edward IV and Some Contemporary Lancastrian and Yorkist Texts11. Brian Cummings: Iconoclasm and Bibliophobia in the English Reformations, 1521-1558David Wallace: AfterwordWorks CitedIndex