Research

I am completing several book chapters or articles on Othon de Grandson, the Savoy, and mystical literature.

Name Above Names: Devotions to the Name of Jesus in Medieval England

My interest in the devotion to the Name of Jesus emerged as part of my doctoral work on Richard Rolle. My monograph, Language, Self and Love, which came out of my doctoral work, already signalled my interest in the devotion to the Name in Rolle’s writings (see index, under ‘Christ’). It was followed by a two-year exploration of the presence of the devotion in late medieval English culture, which resulted in three publications. In the first, I look at the adaptation of the Latin hymn ‘Jesu Dulcis Memoria’ in Anglo-Norman and Middle English texts. My second piece investigates the presence of the devotion to the Name by a consideration of marginal annotations and manuscript illuminations from the fifteenth century. My last piece studies the devotion to the Name as found in Richard Rolle and Walter Hilton’s Scale of Perfection, Book 1. Please find reference for these pieces below.

Much work remains to be done on the topic. I will spend the second half of 2013 and my 2014 Spring sabbatical semester researching and writing several chapters for the completion of a monograph on the devotion to the Name. The title is the following: Name Above Names: The Devotion to the Name of Jesus in Late Medieval England. Parts of my chapters will be offered as presentations at the following conferences or seminars: The Oxford Medieval Graduate Seminar (12.3.14) and The International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo (8-11.5.14).

 

References:

– „Anglo-Norman and Middle-English Translations and Adaptations of the Hymn Dulcis Iesu Memoria‟, The Medieval Translator 5, ed. R. Ellis and R. Tixier (Turnhout: Brepols, 1996), pp. 264-283.

– „The Name Poured Out: Margins, Illuminations and Miniatures as Evidence for the Practice of Devotions to the Name of Jesus in Late Medieval England‟, The Mystical Tradition and the Carthusians, Analecta Cartusiana 130, vol. 9, ed. J. Hogg (Salzburg: Salzburg University Press, 1996), pp. 127-147.

– „Name above Names: the Devotion to the Name of Jesus from Richard Rolle to Walter Hilton’s Scale of Perfection I‟, The Medieval Mystical Tradition: England, Ireland and Wales, ed. M. Glasscoe (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 1999), pp. 103-21.