HIST 229 - Topics in European History
Credits: 3 credit in fall or winter; 4 in spring
A course offered from time to time depending on student interest and staff availability, on a selected topic or problem in European history. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.
Fall 2019, HIST 229A-01: Topic: Medieval Mystics (3). Mysticism was a fundamental category of devotional experience across the religions of the Middle Ages. Yet to modern observers, mystics can seem bizarre, dangerous, and irrational. What was mystical experience, what could it do? What does it mean to see and hear things when no one else does? And how should moderns with no religious affiliation tell the history of those who experienced the divine entering into human events? Key topics addressed include: science and religion; gender and sexuality; heresy, self-harm, and embodiment; notions of "proof" and authority; and the political weight of mystical experience. (HU) Vise.
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