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.
All interested in death art (Three Living and Three Dead, the Dance of Death), late Middle English literature, and text-image relationships in medieval art, including theory of the image.
"...Kinch traces how visual and verbal artists draw on, adapt, and transform each other’s traditions in ways that are sometimes complementary, sometimes competitive, and nearly always in the service of making death more palatable to their powerful patrons. It would have been significantly easier to study one or two of these topics more deeply and in isolation, but it is in teasing out this vast network that Imago Mortis does its most valuable work... Any chapter in Imago Mortis could serve as a useful model in graduate and advanced undergraduate seminars. I also want to note that the book is unusually readable: a boon to any reader, but one that is vital for introducing students to rigorous scholarship..."
Bridget Whearty, in Digital Philology: A Journal of Medieval Cultures, Volume 4, Number 2, Fall 2015, pp. 301-304
Table of contents
List of Figures ... vii
Preface ... xiii
Introduction: The Mediating Image of Death ... 1
Section One: Facing Death
1: “Yet mercie thou shal have”: Affirmative Visions of Dying in Illustrations of Henry Suso’s “De Scientia” ... 35
2: Verbo-Visual Mirrors of Mortality in Thomas Hoccleve’s “Lerne for to Die” ... 69
Section Two: Facing the Dead
3: Commemorating Power in the Legend of the Three Living and Three Dead ... 109
4: Spiritual, Artistic, and Political Economies of Death: Audelay’s Three Dead Kings and the Lancastrian Cadaver Tomb ... 145
Section Three: The Community of Death
5: “My stile I wille directe”: Lydgate and the Bedford Workshop Reinvent the Danse Macabre ... 185
6: The Parlementaire , the Mayor, and the Crisis of Community in the Danse Macabre ... 227
Epilogue: The Afterlives of Medieval Images of Death ... 261
Bibliography ... 281
Index ... 297