Resources for REL 3432: Roots of Western Mysticism

The two most basic resources for this course are the Roots of Western Mysticism Resources page and the Who's Who in the History of Mysticism page.

On using the internet for research, please read this page.

Tips on reading mystical writings are here.

 

Fall 2011 Groups
Group 1
Group 2
Group 3
  • Courtney Brackmann 
  • Andrew Chase
  • Kevin Dupree
  • Sabina Dzin
  • Jake Goldberg
  • Lydia Haver 
  • Jesse Jones
  • Darren Lalloo
  • Janette Lewis
  • Jeremy Mays
  • Preston Patterson
  • Leah Stoddard 
  • Ramani Apple 
  • Amanda Forst
  • David Soto 
  • Leah Stoeckel 
  • Caitlin Wade 

Readings and Resources

Abbreviations:

 

Week

Date

Presenters (by Group)

Topic

Readings

1 Aug. 22   Introduction; Theories and History of Mysticism Experience.
2 Aug. 29   Early Mysticism; Greece and Jerusalem; Plotinus.
3 Sept. 12   Early Christian Theology: The Roots of Catholic and Orthodox Mysticism. Augustine, Cappadocians, (Pseudo-) Dionysius, John Scotus Eriugena.
4 Sept. 19

1: Courtney Brackman

2: Janette Lewis

3: Caitlin Wade

Early Medieval Mysticism: Monasticism, Hildegard of Bingen.
  • CM 7, 8
  • GMW Hildegard
5 Sept. 26

1: -

2: -

3: -

Love Mysticism: Bernard of Clairvaux, Mechthild of Magdeburg.
6 Oct. 3
Guest: Ken Hanson, Judaic Studies
The Roots of Esoteric Traditions; Jewish Mysticism; Gnosticism.
7 Oct. 10

1: Andrew Chase

2: Krishna Mays

3: -

Medieval English Mysticism I: Julian of Norwich.
  • CM 9
  • JN 173-247
8 Oct. 17

1: Lydia Haver

2: Leah Stoddard

Medieval English Mysticism II: Julian of Norwich.
  • JN 248-343
9 Oct. 24

1: -

2: Preston Patterson

3: Ramani Apple

Speculative Mysticism: Meister Eckhart I
  • CM 10
  • GMW Eckhart: "Talks of Instruction", "About Disinterest", Sermons 1, 3, 4
10 Oct. 31

1: Sabina Dzin

2: -

3: Leah Stoeckel

Speculative Mysticism: Meister Eckhart II
  • CM 11
  • GMW Eckhart: Rest of Sermons, Granum Sinapis
11 Nov. 7

1: Kevin Dupree

2: Jesse Jones

3: Amanda Forest

The Roots of Protestant Mysticism: Eckhart, Seuse, Tauler, Theologica Germanica, Martin Luther.
  • CM 12
  • GMW Seuse, Tauler, Theological Germanica
12 Nov. 14

1: -

2: Keith Readdy

3: -

The Beginnings of Modern Mysticism: Jacob Boehme, Silesius, Nicholas of Cusa
13 Nov. 21

1: Jake Goldberg

2: Darren Lalloo

3: David Soto

Spanish Mysticism: Theresa of Avila, John of the Cross.
14 Nov. 28   Mysticism after early modernism; Epilogue; Review
15 Dec. 5   Final Exam  

 

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