God Judging Adam, by William Blake, 1795 (Tate Gallery, London)
LI 510 LITERATURE AND THE BIBLE
This class examines novels, stories, poems, and plays based on biblical themes and archetypes. 3 hours credit.
MAJOR OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE:
1. To develop an appreciation for the humanistic and aesthetic values of literature;
2. To develop an awareness of the influence of the Bible on literature, including novels, stories, poems, and plays;
3. To foster the ability to read literary works with understanding and insight; and
4. To develop the ability to think, speak, and write with insight and clarity.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS and BASIS FOR STUDENT EVALUATION:
1. Research paper (20 points)
2. Written assignments on eight works studied (10 points each - 80 points)
3. Class Discussions (40 points)
4. Final examination (20 points)
Jan 17 Introduction
Jan 23 Selected poems and stories
Jan 30 MacLeish, J. B.
Feb 6 Milton, Samson Agonistes
Feb 13 Morrison, Paradise
Feb 20, 27 Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
Mar 5 Selected poems and stories
Mar 19 Melville, Billy Budd
Mar 26, Apr 2 Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury
Apr 9 West, Miss Lonelyhearts
Apr 16, 23 Greenberg, The Celebrant
Apr 30 Summary and Review
May 7-10 Final Exams
Paperback copies of the books
listed above are available for purchase in the Southeast Bookstore. Additional
materials will be provided by the professor.