Tu/Th 11:00-12:30 223 Dwinelle Instructor: Niklaus Largier

The notion of ‘mystical’ experience of the Divine, of Nature, or of Beauty plays an important role in the history of many cultures. In this course we will discuss the basic ideas of mystical theology from the so-called Western traditions. We will read and discuss key texts, analyze the ways in which they talk about about the Divine and about the possibilities to “see” or “experience” it. Based on this, we will look into traditions of art and literature where these notions of “seeing” or “experiencing” the Divine are reflected. Questions will focus on the ways how these experiences are narrated, constructed and framed, and how this plays a role in the aesthetic experience of the self from medieval art to modern abstract painting and music.