Fasting as Spiritual Technology

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Religion

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Fasting as Spiritual Tech

Spring 2021

Taught By: Katherine Kurs

Section: A

CRN: 8657

Credits: 4

This course traces the historical and contemporary significance and practice of fasting as a spiritual technology within the context of western asceticism (primarily Christianity) and “the pleasure of no pleasure.” Using primary and secondary texts, and paying close attention to the role of gender, we will consider some of the meanings and uses of fasting including: embodied petition for spiritual as well as socio-political ends; expiation and purification; sacrifice and repentance; demonstration of spiritual athleticism; preparation for revelation; inducing altered states of consciousness; and the longing to transcend the flesh and the world. This course counts toward the Gender Studies minor.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Religion (LREL)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five 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: 7:35am 5/12/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/19/2021 - 5/6/2021