Medieval Mysticism

HON 398 – Dr. Katherine Allocco

Modes of Inquiry: Textual Analysis, Artistic Creation and Analysis, Historical, Social and Cultural Analysis

Course Description:

This course will expose students to the major intellectual trends in European mystical and religious thought from Antiquity to the fifteenth century. Students will read primary sources and secondary sources that analyze the meaning and context of several prominent mystics. Because piety and mysticism were so central to many institutions and practices of medieval Europe, the course will also locate the role of the mystic and the changing trends in mysticism within the larger political and cultural context. Highlighted eras include the following: the desert fathers, the Commercial Revolution and expansion of monasticism, the 12th century Renaissance, urbanization and the expansion of religious poverty, the transitional 14th century, and the great women mystics and heretics of the late medieval period. I am grateful for the generous support and funding I received from the Elizabeth Ann Bogert Memorial Fund for the Study and Practice of Christian Mysticism to help develop this class.