Graduate Seminar: Audrey Lumsden-Kouvel

Audrey Lumsden-Kouvel, University of Illinois at Chicago, emerita
Audrey Lumsden-Kouvel, University of Illinois at Chicago, emerita
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Graduate Seminar
Wednesday, March 2, 1994 to Wednesday, May 4, 1994

Religious Experience and Thought in the Spanish Golden Age, 1500-1700

Audrey Lumsden-Kouvel, University of Illinois at Chicago, emerita

The sixteenth century in Spain is a period notable for the remarkable flourishing of the religious phenomenon known as “mysticism.”  However, the factors which underlie the appearance of mysticism at that time and place, the extent of its permeation of Spanish religious life, the relations between it and the official Spanish church, its links with other mystical trends such as the Jewish Kabala - all these are aspects not frequently presented within the usual “history of ideas.”  The seminar presented a number of focal points, grouped around individual figures usch as St. Ignatius (1491-1556), St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), Luis de Leon (1527-1591), and St. John of the Cross (1542-1591), which allowed students of history, literature, psychology, and sociology to investigate the nature, significance and wide influence of the intense religious life of Spain between the close of the fifteenth century and the beginning of the seventeenth century, when the dominance of the Spanish Empire was imposing itself on all aspects of life from the eastern domains of the Hapsburg Empire to the frontiers of the New World.  Readings in both English or Spanish.

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