Meetings With Remarkable Mystics

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Religion

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Meetings With Mystics

Fall 2021

Taught By: Katherine Kurs

Section: A

CRN: 11107

Credits: 4

This course whisks us away to the middle ages in western Europe and England, and to an encounter with the most influential mystics of the 4th- to early 15th- centuries: Augustine, Pseudo-Dionysius, Hadewijch, Mechthild, Marguerite Porete, Hildegard, Eckhart, Margery Kempe, Julian of Norwich, and others. Utilizing primary and secondary sources, we will interrogate differing definitions of mysticism; comb through mystical testimonies; analyze guides to contemplation; and decode visions and revelations. We will become familiar with the cataphatic and apophatic traditions (saying and unsaying); distinct and indistinct union; the role of suffering and Imitatio Dei/Christi; the arguments for and against the expression of ecstasy and rapture; and we will learn to identify the central literary tropes employed by these mystics: fire and light; the nuptial bed and the bridal chamber; union and exile; concealment and revelation; the throne and the crown; the mirror and the chalice; the knight and the lady love; the ascent and the darkness of the cloud. Particular attention will be paid to issues at the intersection of religion, gender, desire and the body, social status, and authority. Scholarly inquiry, textual analysis, and experiential learning will help us to meet these mystics in all their complexity, bridging the chasm between their worlds and ours. This course counts toward the Gender Studies minor. After the first week of the semester, permission of the instructor will be required in order to register for this course.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Religion (LREL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

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: 6:00am 1/20/2022 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 258

Date Range: 8/31/2021 - 12/16/2021