ENG445H1S L0301ENG445H1F L0301 R4-6
Advanced Studies Group 4: Transcendent Love: Contemplation and Julian of Norwich's Showings
Instructor: Carroll Balot
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 825
Brief Description of Course:
Julian of Norwich¹s 14th century work of vernacular theology, known as the Showings
or The Revelation of Divine Love
, is one of the most complex and powerful works of medieval English literature and a major contribution to the canon of writing by women. However, her work has not been widely appreciated outside of the devotional context or the somewhat limited framework of late medieval mysticism. We will think about Julian¹s writing as a work of its time and place and also locate her writing in a larger, ongoing cultural conversation about the nature of wisdom and its particular relationship to love, considering the problems of history and transcendence; reason and corporeality; suffering and ecstasy; and motherhood. In addition to the Showings
, readings will include Plato¹s Symposium
; Augustine¹s Confessions
; Aelred of Rievaulx's Rule for an Anchoress; The Wooing of Our Lord; The Book of Margery Kempe
; and Maggie Nelson's Bluets
First Three Authors/Texts:
Method of Evaluation:
Class participation; essay
proposal; annotated bibliography; 12-15 page research essay; and short presentation.
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