LREL
2025

Searching for Your Soul: An Introduction to the Spiritual Life

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Searching for Your Soul
Fall 2023
Taught By: Katherine Kurs
Section: A

CRN: 15701

Credits: 4

This course explores the imperatives, challenges, and revelations of the spiritual life through a three-fold, reflexive, intertextual process: 1) close reading and discussion of contemporary, first-person narratives by diverse authors (essays and books; memoir and autobiography); 2) personal, written reflections; and 3) the creation of your own florilegium: a compendium of the fragments and passages in our readings that you have highlighted, along with your commentary and annotations. This process, of intentional sacred reading, writing, and compilation/anthologizing, will result, by term’s end, in your own spiritual “scrapbook”: a repository of insights and, hopefully, some measure of wisdom, that you can consult and add to, long after term concludes. We will eschew conventional tropes in this genre (religious conversion, loss of faith, etc.) and practices (prayer, etc.) and instead focus on themes such as: the body, eros, desire; suffering, loss, exile, homecoming; navigating multiple identities/commitments/cultures; heritage, family, ancestors, cell memory, tradition; secrets and longing; surrender and oblivion; borderlands, belonging, and outsider-ness; despair, sorrow, forgiveness, and reconciliation. NOTE: This course is not open to students who have taken FYS/LNGC 1400 or LREL 2000 The Spiritual Autobiography.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Liberal Arts (LIB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

* Seats available but reserved for a specific population.

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:20am EDT 9/29/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm
Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th
Room: 258
Date Range: 8/29/2023 - 12/14/2023