ENGL 8844 Bodies and Souls: Visions, Mystics, and Medieval Devotion (Spring: 3 )
Writings about mystical experience make up the most intense, most emotional, and most controversial genre of medieval literature. Mystics lived inner lives that distinguished them sharply from their fellow humans and outer lives that often threatened the religious and secular institutions of their day. In this course we will read five English mystics: Richard Rolle (d. 1349); Walter Hilton (d. 1396); the anonymous author of The Cloud of Unknowing ; Julian of Norwich (d. 1414); and Margery Kempe (d. 1440). All texts will be read in Middle English, but no previous knowledge is required.
Instructor(s): Robert Stanton
Last Updated: 26-Jan-16