The course will look at key theoretical texts that articulate the role of mourning and melancholia in subject formation and the complex relationship between mourning, melancholic identification, gender, sexuality, and race. We will then explore the Christian mystical tradition as a potential resource for feminist philosophy of mourning. Readings will include texts by Mechthild of Magdeburg, Margaret Ebner, Sigmund Freud, Nicolas Abraham and Maria Torok, Luce Irigaray, Julia Kristeva, Catherine Clément, Anne Anlin Cheng, and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha.