William A. Graham and Stephanie A. Paulsell
This course will explore the pervasive themes of journey and quest in world literature with particular attention to their religious dimensions. Through direct encounter with imaginative literary works from a variety of contexts and genres, we will consider the relationship between interior journeys and journeys through an external landscape, home and exile, and the religious and literary dimensions of literature itself. The course will focus on primary texts, with little required reading of secondary materials except in the preparation of a final paper. The lectures will explore important themes as well as supply contextual location for each week's text, discuss issues of genre, style, reception history, and key literary questions and concepts (e.g., myth, legend, epic, the novel, the Doppelgänger, allegories, composite narrative, oral formulaic composition, symbolism, scripture, Bildungsroman, haiku, classic models). Emphasis throughout will be placed upon careful reading of the texts, which will include Tolkien's Hobbit, Gilgamesh, the Bible, Dante's Inferno, Teresa of Avila's Interior Castle, Life of the Buddha, Hesse's Siddhartha, Basho's Narrow Road to the Deep North, Endo's Deep River, McCarthy's The Road, and others. Note: Course has additional hour to be arranged.
Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Culture and Belief 32
Mon Wed 10am-11am
Course location to be announced.
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