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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2009

E 314J • Literature and Religion

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Course Description

Please refer to the course schedule for course days, time, room location, prerequisites and possible cross-listings:

This course will explore the ways in which religion has served as both a literary influence and as an object to be represented in literature and other media (such as film and music). Focusing primarily on texts of the last 150 years, we consider ways in which religion might be sui generis and ways in which religion is a cultural, economic, or psychological construction.

Grading Policy

10% Reading Journal; 10% Reading quizzes; 30% Short field reports on representations of religion in pop culture (3 three-page reports); 25% Essay 1 (6-8 pages, revision required); 25% Essay 2 (6-8 pages, revision optional)


Lew Wallace, Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ; Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court; Sinclair Lewis, Elmer Gantry; T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land; Jack Kerouac, On the Road; Salman Rusdie, The Satanic Verses. Students may also be asked to screen a film or two outside of class.


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