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Divine Ventriloquism in Medieval English Literature

Power, Anxiety, Subversion

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Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction: Listen Up!

    1. Mary Hayes
      Pages 1-21
  3. Powerful Fantasies of Christ’s Voice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Mary Hayes
      Pages 25-51
    3. Mary Hayes
      Pages 53-79
  4. Anxiety and the Clerical Voice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Mary Hayes
      Pages 83-108
    3. Mary Hayes
      Pages 109-135
  5. Lay Subversion in the Eucharistic Canon

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Mary Hayes
      Pages 139-168
    3. Mary Hayes
      Pages 169-191
    4. Mary Hayes
      Pages 193-196
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 197-246

About this book

Introduction

A study of medieval attitudes towards the ventriloquism of God's and Christ's voices through human media, which reveals a  progression from an orthodox view of divine vocal power to an anxiety over the authority of the priest's voice to a subversive take on the divine voice that foreshadows Protestant devotion.

Keywords

anxiety English English literature literature media Medieval English Medieval Literature Middle Ages play sound

About the authors

MARY HAYES Assistant Professor of English at the University of Mississippi, USA.

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Reviews

"Hayes offers keen insights backed with solid scholarship into the oral and auditory tensions of a wide range of texts, including several that have been little studied in modern critical frameworks." - Journal of English and Germanic Philology

"Informative." - Church History

"This book does two things all medievalists can be grateful for. One, it demonstrates how literary theory can prompt and inform investigations and analysis of early literature without implying, much less insisting, that these texts are post-anything. Two, it tells a story of great importance to understanding the emergence of English literature from the Middle Ages to the threshold of the Early Modern: the story of the inexorable interrogation by medieval writers of speech, language, and their sources, including especially their source in 'belly-speech,' that will come to mean so much in comprehending the larger story of English literature by the late 1500s, when it throws its voices to all who have ears to hear - as it does still today." - R. Allen Shoaf, Co-founding Editor, EXEMPLARIA

"In this fine study, Hayes explores the theological implications of ventriloquism's founding assumption, namely, that voice is the sign of presence. She insightfully analyzes the specific kinds of voice-throwing that characterize medieval England from talking bibles to actors performing the Last Supper - in short, an entire vocal economy of mediated speech acts." - Valerie Allen, Professor of English, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY

"...Hayes offers keen insights backed with solid scholarship into the oral and auditory tensions of a wide range of texts, including several that have been little studied in modern critical frameworks." Sachi Shimomura, Journal of English and German Philology