God Judging Adam, by William Blake, 1795 (Tate Gallery, London)

LI 510 LITERATURE AND THE BIBLE
Spring 2012
Dr. Hamblin
rhamblin@semo.edu
651-2628

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)


COURSE OUTLINE:

Week of:

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

                                         


TEXTBOOKS: 

Paperback copies of the books listed above are available for purchase in the Southeast Bookstore. Additional materials will be provided by the professor.