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ENGL 4910 Advanced Seminar: Medieval English Mystics (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

Writings about mystical experience are among the most vivid, emotional, and controversial medieval literature. Mystics' inner lives distinguished them sharply from their fellow Christians, and their external behavior often threatened the religious and secular institutions of their day. Mysticism also provided a mode in which women could express intense devotion, a kind of selfhood, and often erotic longing. We will read English mystical writing from the eleventh to fourteenth centuries, including Richard Rolle, Walter Hilton, The Cloud of Unknowing, Julian of Norwich, and Margery Kempe. All texts will be read in Middle English, but no previous knowledge is required.


Instructor(s): Robert Stanton

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Prerequisite: One pre-1700 course in English.


Last Updated: 07-Dec-13