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RELI0238

Literature Mystical Experience

Literature and the Mystical Experience
In this course we will explore how narrative art articulates spiritual perception by examining selected works of 20th century writers such as Miguel De Unamuno, Nikos Kazantzakis, J. D. Salinger, Charles Williams, Flannery O'Connor, Thomas Merton, Alice Munroe, Marilynne Robinson, and Annie Dillard. Drawing on theology and philosophy as an interpretative mode, we will consider the following questions: How does literature illuminate selfhood and interiority? How do contemplation and ascetic practice guide the self to divine knowledge and cosmic unification? How do language, imagery and symbols shape the unitive experience as a tool for empathy and understanding of the other? 3 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc.
Subject:
Religion
Department:
Religion
Division:
Humanities
Requirements Fulfilled:
LIT NOR PHL
Equivalent Courses:
CMLT0238 *

Sections

Fall 2013

RELI0238A-F13 Lecture (Hatjigeorgiou)
RELI0238Y-F13 Discussion (Hatjigeorgiou)
RELI0238Z-F13 Discussion (Hatjigeorgiou)

Spring 2005

RELI0238A-S05 Lecture (Tomkinson)