MEDIEVAL ENGLISH MYSTICS (SPHS-8449)
This seminar-style course will study the writings and historical contexts of five 14th-century English mystics: Richard Rolle, the author of the Cloud of Unknowing, Walter Hilton, Julian of Norwich, and Margery Kempe. Themes to be explored include the nature of mystical experience, action/contemplation, emotions and embodiment, images of God, gendered roles both human and divine, theologies of suffering, and models of holiness. We will also consider the gifts and challenges these writers offer to us today. Requirements: short reflection papers, class presentations, term paper. PhD, STL, STD, and advanced MA and MDiv students welcome.