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### A FEMALE PERSPECTIVE ON THE MYSTICAL EXPERIENCE: MECHTHILD VON MAGDEBURG'S "EIN VLIESSENDES LIEHT DER GOTHEIT" IN A COMPLETE ENGLISH TRANSLATION, WITH ANNOTATIONS AND INTRODUCTION

This is a translation of the only complete manuscript of Mechthild von Magdeburg's work, which was discovered in 1861 in Einsiedeln by Carl Greith and transcribed and published by P. Gall Morel in 1869. Mechthild (1212-1298) dictated Books I to VI to her friend and confessor, Heinrich von Halle, who rearranged the sequence of the chapters and translated them into Latin, entitling the work Lux Divinitas in Corda Veritatis. The original Low German version of Books I to VII was translated into High German by Heinrich von Noerdlingen in 1344. Notwithstanding difficulties due to inconsistencies of orthography, ambiguities, illogical use of the negative and confusing diacritical marks made by the editor, this translation remains as faithful in both content and format to the text as possible. Lyrical passages, however, were translated into prose so as not to sacrifice Mechthild's meaning to the pursuit of assonance

### AN OPTICAL STUDY OF THE NUCLEI OF S0 STAR-BURST GALAXIES

Optical observations of the nuclei of 10 S0 Markarian galaxies and two non-Markarian early type galaxies have been obtained with the McDonald Observatory 2.7m telescope. The spectra of 7 Markarian galaxies show deep Balmer absorption lines and stellar-like continua. The nuclear spectra of UGC 01157, 04902, 06570, and 12618 show strong (O II), (O III), and H$\beta$ emission lines analogous to normal H II regions. None of the galaxy continua show a featureless non-thermal component or (O I) $\lambda$ 6300 line emission typical of LINER activity. The continua of UGC 02093 and 07933 are similar to normal early type galaxies. Composite model spectra with decreasing birthrates, IMF exponents of $-1$, $-2.5$, and $-4$, and solar metallicity have been constructed from observed stellar spectra. Comparison of CaH + H$\varepsilon$ to CaK absorption line flux ratios measured in 5 star-burst galaxies to single star-bust episode models implies stellar population ages greater than 5 $\times$ 10$\sp9$ years

### THE EFFECT OF TIME PRESSURE AND DISPLAY FORMAT ON CUE UTILIZATION IN MULTIPLE CUE DECISION-MAKING

It has been hypothesized that under time pressure decision makers increase the weight given to the most important information cues at the expense of other available relevant information. Three studies were performed to test this hypothesis. Subjects saw information displayed in graphical and tabular formats. There was no evidence for greater use of the most informative cues, but there was a tendency for more even weighting of cues in the graphical display format high time pressure condition. Subjects appeared to make decisions in this condition using a quick, global information gathering and integrating strategy

### THE EFFECTS OF A LARGE OSCILLATING FIELD IN MAGNETIC RESONANCE; A STUDY BY LOW FREQUENCY DOUBLE ELECTRON MUON RESONANCE

There has been a considerable amount of investigation, both theoretical and experimental, of how spin systems behave in magnetic resonance when the applied dc field and the rf oscillating field have comparable amplitudes. A technique called Double Electron Muon Resonance has recently been applied to fused quartz at low frequency enabling us to see directly how the spin precesses in perpendicular dc and rf magnetic fields of comparable strength. The precessional frequency spectra are in excellent agreement with predictions by numerical integration of the equations describing spin precession. Among the effects observed have been harmonic responses, Bloch-Siegert shifts and multi-quantum transitions

### Spatial sensations: An architectural proposition

Reading architecture through experiencing spaces is, perhaps, the richest way in which architecture touches our lives. Embedded within the act of producing architecture are suppressed idiosyncrasies and subjective, a-rational logic structures. These structures are suppressed by the traditional means of establishing criticality within a rigorous frame of historicity. By acknowledging both the suppression and the mechanism through which the suppression operates, a supplement to traditional practices and theories of space making can be proposed which, by elevating the subjective events of production, challenges the traditional discursive structure of producing space and can lead one to propose spaces that enrich the depth spatial experience

### Aesthetic detail in the works of Nella Larsen

In the novellas Quicksand and Passing, Nella Larsen uses the often maligned detail to explore issues of gender, race, and sexuality. Female body parts, women's clothing, and skin color are particularly reiterated and fetishized. These evocative descriptions function symbolically and at times act as a counternarrative. Larsen's attempts to create a personal aesthetic are sometimes undercut by the text's alliance with hegemonic standards of beauty and commodification
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