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The Language of Mysticism: Mechthild of Magdeburg's Experimental Style

The Language of Mysticism: Mechthild of Magdeburg's Experimental Style
59 Queens Park Cr. E., Lawrence K. Shook Common Room, Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies
Time: Oct 2nd, 4:00 pm End: Oct 2nd, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Women & Gender Studies (FAS), Religion, Study of (FAS), Medieval Studies (FAS), German (FAS), Critical Theory, Comparative Literature (FAS), Book History/Print Culture, 400-1200, 1200-1500
Lecture by Niklaus Largier, UC-Berkeley

The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures is pleased to present

Niklaus Largier, German, UC-Berkeley

The Language of Mysticism: Mechthild of Magdeburg's Experimental Style

Niklaus Largier, Sidney and Margaret Ancker Chair in the Humanities, is Professor of German and Comparative Literature. He is affiliated with UC Berkeley’s Programs in Medieval Studies and Religious Studies, the Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory, the Designated Emphasis in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, and the Berkeley Center for New Media. His research deals with German literature and philosophy, especially questions of the relations among literature, philosophy, theology, the history of fantasy and the emotions from the Middle Ages to the Baroque era; the history of the senses, of sense experience, and of the stimulation of the senses-especially taste and touch-in medieval, early modern, and modern cultures. Niklaus Largier is an expert on mystical traditions in German literature and thought, in particular Meister Eckhart and his influence from the Middle Ages to postmodern discourses. His most recent books explore the relation between bodily ascetic practices (in particular flagellation), eroticism, and the literary imagination (In Praise of the Whip: A Cultural History of Arousal, 2007) as well as the fascination of decadent literature with such religious practices (Die Kunst des Begehrens: Dekadenz, Sinnlichkeit und Askese (2007). His books include a study on time and temporality in late medieval philosophy and literature (1989), a bibliography of literature on Meister Eckhart (1989), a two-volume edition of Meister Eckhart’s works with extensive commentaries in the Deutscher Klassiker Verlag (1993), and a study of the significance of exemplum and exemplarity in medieval literature, philosophy, and historiography (1997).

Co-Sponsors:

  • Centre for Medieval Studies
  • Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies

This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required. For further information, please contact the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at (416) 926-2321.


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