Verba volant, scripta manent: Limits of Speech, Power of Silence and Logic of Practice in some Monastic Conflicts of the High Middle Ages
2011 (English)In: Understanding Monastic Practices of Oral Communication (Western Europe, tenth-thirteenth centuries) / [ed] Steven Vanderputten, Turnhout: Brepols , 2011, 19-44 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
This article analyzes three examples (St Gall, Fulda, Bury St Edmunds) of conflicts between abbots and their monks in the High Middle Ages. It explores the strategies and means of power , as well as the communicative and linguistic conditions underlying them, which monks used when they clashed with their abusive abbots. The article argues that in those delicate moments when the outside world was involved into the internal conflicts, the monks often resorted to oral and ritual communication rather than writing. Writing was public and therefore precarious while monks strived to control the message and the image the outside world had of them.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Turnhout: Brepols , 2011. 19-44 p.
, Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy (USML), 21
St Gall, Bury St Edmunds, Fulda, abbot, conflict, monastery, medieval, monk, Pierre Bourdieu, total institution, Michel Foucault, Erving Goffman
Religious Studies Ethnology
Research subject History of Religion; Knowledge and Communication
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-56503ISBN: 978-2-503-53482-4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-56503DiVA: diva2:411682
ProjectsTotal St Gall. Medieval Monastery as a Disciplinary Institution