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Mary Lynn Raschko
Mercer University (Macon, GA 31207-1515)
Rewriting Parables in Late Medieval England

Subversive Scriptures: Rewriting Parables in Late Medieval England explores the intersection of fictional narrative and religious practices, asking how writers translated and adapted gospel parables in an age when both literacy and debates about orthodox belief were on the rise. As the title suggests, the book investigates how these gospel stories can run counter to or undermine social and religious values. It reveals that late medieval authors responded to the stories with their own acts of subversion: they revised parables to enhance their disruption of cultural norms or redirected scripture to support defining aspects of late medieval Christianity, reconfiguring both the stories themselves and their relation to issues ranging from poverty and labor to penance and forgiveness. While focusing on late medieval England, the study speaks to larger issues of how humans employ their imaginative faculties to reconcile ideas about divinity with everyday living in the world.

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Project fields:
Medieval Studies

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$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2012 – 7/31/2012