The divine "vision" was a special form of religious experience in medieval Europe, one that could involve not simply sight, but hearing, and other senses as well. This class will consider texts reporting visionary experience as problems of representation. What kind of experience was a "vision"? Why were they so much more common to women than men? How were they to be interpreted? How could one know a truly divine vision from a false, or worse, satanic vision? How could experiences of such intensity be represented in writing? How does the authority of personal experience, especially that of women, come to be rejected or legitimized by dominant patriarchal institutions?
COURSE FORMAT: Lecture/Discussion
Level: UGRD Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL Grading Mode: Graded
Prerequisites: NONE Links to Web Resources For This Course.
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