HDS 2176

Christianity and Contemporary American Fiction

Matthew Lawrence Potts


This course will study the role of Christian images, theologies, traditions, histories, and identities in contemporary American fiction. The course will seek to ask what it might mean for a literary text to bear religious meaning in contemporary America. What does it take for a text (or a person, for that matter) to be religious in America today? We will pursue these questions primarily through the study of literary texts (novels and short stories) published within the last twenty years, with authors to include Cormac McCarthy, Toni Morrison, Louise Erdrich, and Lorrie Moore, among others.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Religion 2484

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0.50 credits
Spring 2015
Mon 4pm-6pm
Divinity Hall Room 211

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Religion, Literature, and Culture
  • Theology
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Christianity
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Language Course Designation(s) None