In Imago Mortis: Mediating Images of Death in Late Medieval Culture, Ashby Kinch argues for the affirmative quality of late medieval death art and literature, providing a new, interdisciplinary approach to a well-known body of material. He demonstrates the surprising and effective ways that late medieval artists appropriated images of death and dying as a means to affirm their artistic, social, and political identities. The book dedicates each of its three sections to a pairing of a visual convention (deathbed scenes, the Three Living and Three Dead, and the Dance of Death) and a Middle English literary text (Hoccleve's Lerne for to die, Audelay's Three Dead Kings, and Lydgate's Dance of Death).
About the Author
Ashby Kinch, Ph.D (2000) is Associate Professor of English at The University of Montana. He has co-edited a book and published several articles on Alain Chartier, as well as numerous articles on medieval death art and Middle English literature.
Table of Contents
List of Figures ... viiPreface ... xiiiIntroduction: The Mediating Image of Death ... 1Section One: Facing Death1: “Yet mercie thou shal have”: Affirmative Visions of Dying in Illustrations of Henry Suso’s “De Scientia” ... 352: Verbo-Visual Mirrors of Mortality in Thomas Hoccleve’s “Lerne for to Die” ... 69Section Two: Facing the Dead3: Commemorating Power in the Legend of the Three Living and Three Dead ... 1094: Spiritual, Artistic, and Political Economies of Death: Audelay’s Three Dead Kings and the Lancastrian Cadaver Tomb ... 145Section Three: The Community of Death5: “My stile I wille directe”: Lydgate and the Bedford Workshop Reinvent the Danse Macabre ... 1856: The Parlementaire , the Mayor, and the Crisis of Community in the Danse Macabre ... 227Epilogue: The Afterlives of Medieval Images of Death ... 261Bibliography ... 281Index ... 297