RELS537 - MED CHRISTIAN MYSTICISM

The course traces the flowering visionaries (mostly women) in Italy between the thirteenth and seventeenth centuries. We will pay close attention to the writings of some of the more famous women, notably Claire of Assisi, Catherine of Siena, Angela of Foligno, and Lucia Brocadelli, (all of whom can be read in English as well as in the original) and contextualize them with secondary sources about gender roles and the aspects of "female Christianity," especially connected to the materiality of women in pre-modern Italy (Bynum, McGinn, Zarri, etc.). We will meet in the library to take advantage of the manuscript and early book holdings that Penn has to offer.
Section 401 - SEM
M 0200PM-0500PM
MATTER, E.
VAN PELT LIBRARY 629