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

Fall 2009

E 320M • Hymns and Sermons

Unique Days Time Location Instructor

Deconinck-Brossard, F

Course Description

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

We will explore the literary aspects of sermons and hymns in their historical context from the16th century to the present. The course will deal predominantly with English pulpit and hymn literature -- with a few forays into their North American counterparts-- and with special emphasis on the early modern and modern periods, in which there was sometimes a genuine link between the sermon and the hymn that followed it. The topics that will be discussed include, inter alia, the relationship between poetry, oratory and music, prescriptive literature about the rhetoric of pulpit eloquence, the relationship between public speaking, oral delivery and the written text, the sermon and hymn as literary genres, and homiletic sub-genres. No prior knowledge of music will be required.

Grading Policy

2 short papers (3-5 pages each): 30%; mid-term in-class paper 30%; end-of-semester in-class paper 30%; attendance and contribution: 10%. Attendance will be compulsory.


Course packet. Texts will include inter alia. Hymns-- by Isaac Watts, Philip Doddridge, John & Charles Wesley, John Newton; samples of English homiletic literature since the Reformation with the Edwardian and Elizabethan Books of Homilies, and sermons by Lancelot Andrewes, John Donne, John Tillotson, Jonathan Swift, Philip Doddridge, Laurence Sterne, John & Charles Wesley, John Henry Newman, Robert Runcie, with fewer samples of American sermons-- Jonathan Edwards, Jonathan Mayhew, and Martin Luther King Jr.; excerpts from prescriptive literature-- John Wilkins, Joseph Glanvill, John Lawson, John Wesley, Philip Doddridge, Hugh Blair.

Suggested Readings: Watson, J.R., The English Hymn: A Critical and Historical Study. Marshall, Madeleine Forell & Todd, Janet, English Congregational Hymns in the Eighteenth Century; Edwards, Otis Carl, A History of Preaching 2 volumes; Stout, Harry S. The New England Soul: Preaching and Religious Culture in Colonial New England; Taylor, Larissa (ed.), Preachers and People in the Reformations and Early Modern Period; Van Eijnatten, Joris (ed.), Preaching, Sermon and Cultural Change in the Long Eighteenth Century.


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