Shaping Religious Literacies in the Long Fifteenth Century: Intermediality of Communication

Journal title CHEIRON
Author/s Sabrina Corbellini
Publishing Year 2022 Issue 2021/2
Language English Pages 17 P. 104-120 File size 279 KB
DOI 10.3280/CHE2021-002006
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The article explores the possibility to approach religious literacies in late medieval Italy through a spatial approach to mediality, i.e. the combination of the awareness of the seminal relevance of inter- and multimediality with the "localization" and "spatialisation" of communication. This approach is tested and discussed through a series of, apparently unrelated, case studies from late medieval Perugia. They show to what extent the process of shaping of religious literacies and of transmission of religious knowledge consisted of a complex interaction between different media and techniques, in which the real, the mental and the "mediated" are in constant dialogue and exchange. The citizens were engaged in a process of continuous education, in order to detect contents and instructions in written, spoken and visual messages and to literally open all his senses to further develop his skills in distilling moral and devotional messages resonating in the urbanscape, both in private and public places, spaces, activities and events.

Keywords: Literacies; Religious education; Perugia; Late Middle Ages; Spatialisation.

Sabrina Corbellini, Shaping Religious Literacies in the Long Fifteenth Century: Intermediality of Communication in "CHEIRON" 2/2021, pp 104-120, DOI: 10.3280/CHE2021-002006