Ellen Spolsky argues that the mindís distinct faculties for processing information
is prone to epistemological gaps that the literary imagination can help bridge.
Investigating the social effect of the removal of pictorial representations from
sacred spaces in early modern England, she shows how this precipitated a crisis
among the older population. Their dependency on visual input could only be compensated
for by a new generation of preachers, such as the educated iconoclast Martin Bucer,
who were extremely efficient in converting words into satisfying mental imagery.