WOMENSTD 150 - Humanities Seminars on Women and Gender
Section: 002 Mary and Modernity: A Comparative History of Visionary Experience
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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The appearance of the Virgin Mary to Catherine Labouré in Paris in 1830 marks the beginning of what is widely referred to in Catholic circles as the “Age of Mary.” Since then, Marian apparitions have proliferated at a rate unprecedented in the history of Christianity, transforming what was once a phenomenon witnessed by a privileged and pious few into public spectacles, often of a global scale. This course charts this transformation, using apparitions and miracles of the Virgin Mary worldwide as a historical lens through which we may understand several hallmarks of modernity: industrialization, secularism, nationalism, total war, the ascendancy of technology and the mass media, and the feminization of the supernatural. We ask whether miracles and apparitions of the Virgin Mary represent sites of resistance to modern conditions, or are an effect of them. We also examine how modern Marian apparitions have both shaped and reflected gender ideologies held by different cultures where Catholicism has taken root.

This seminar draws on a diversity of material, including primary sources, devotional texts, film, and other popular media. Of methodological concern is how one can read a variety of sources historically. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory, and students are expected to have done all required reading, produce and present weekly response papers, and participate in discussion. Final grades will be determined by the above, plus a final research paper on a relevant topic of the student’s choosing.

WOMENSTD 150 - Humanities Seminars on Women and Gender
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
Tu 1:00PM - 4:00PM
002 (SEM)
W 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Meets with History 197-001
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 0394711556
Alone of all her sex : the myth and the cult of the Virgin Mary, Author: Marina Warner., Publisher: Vintage Books 1st Vintag 1983
ISBN: 0141038489
Lourdes : body and spirit in the secular age, Author: Ruth Harris., Publisher: Penguin 2008
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0226021505
Internet and Madonna : religious visionary..., Author: Paolo Apolito ; translated by Antony Shugaar., Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0814758258
The Virgin of el barrio : Marian apparitions, Catholic evangelizing, and Mexican American activism, Author: Kristy Nabhan-Warren., Publisher: New York University Press 2005
ISBN: 0385028695
Our Lady of Fatima, Author: by William Thomas Walsh ; introduction by William C. McGrath., Publisher: Doubleday 1990
ISBN: 9053833846
Medjugorje : religion, politics, and violence in rural Bosnia, Author: Mart Bax., Publisher: VU Uitg. 1995
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