Lecture 1 - RELIGIOUS STUDIES 90A Professor Nicklaus...

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RELIGIOUS STUDIES 90A Professor Nicklaus Largier 08/27/09 Lecture 1 ASUC Lecture Notes Online is the only authorized note-taking service at UC Berkeley. Do not share, copy or illegally distribute (electronically or otherwise) these notes. Our student-run program depends on your individual subscription for its continued existence. These notes are copyrighted by the University of California and are for your personal use only. D O N O T C O P Y Sharing or copying these notes is illegal and could end note taking for this course. LECTURE Introduction to the Course . Today I want to clarify some organizational matters, talk about the syllabus, and give some ideas about the course. I have taught another course on the history of mysticism in the Middle Ages that is similar to this one in content. Let me say a little about myself. I have taught at Berkeley for 10 years and I am the Chair of the German Department. My specialty is medieval early modern religious studies, cultural studies, and literature. I am very interested in how religious traditions have broad cultural effects, and how they shape literature and our perception of the world in general terms. I grew up in Switzerland and in 1992 I moved to Los Angeles and then taught at Chicago and was the director of the Religious Studies Program. I’m interested in mystical traditions and moments of experience that play an important role in all religious traditions. Religions may have canonical texts that believers read; they also have practices that may produce deep experiences of the divine or that may deepen their understanding of what they read. There are traditions of prayer that tell you how to pray and what prayer does; this is a practice that affects people deeply. I am interested in emotion and the history of emotion and how religious traditions evoke and stimulate emotion and influence the emotional lives that people live. I am interested in how the divine is based on texts and how religious texts turn the self within and build something within the self. Texts provide a separate tradition of belief; they influence the construction and elaboration of the social and cultural forms of experience. I want to make it clear that I am open to discussion in this class; I will typically talk for about 45 to 50 minutes on the text that you read; this should lead us to a discussion where you can bring in your own observations and connections to other traditions, if you wish. I am focusing on the Christian tradition in this class, but I am open to hearing you talk about other traditions. In sections, which begin next week, you can go
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