Divine Ventriloquism in Medieval English Literature

Power, Anxiety, Subversion

  • Authors
  • Mary Hayes

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


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.


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