E 358K • The Bible in British and American Literature
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
This course will place selections from the King James Bible in dialogue with two major works of literature: Paradise Lost and Moby Dick. We will read Milton's poem and Melville's novel slowly in conjunction with relevant Biblical passages, including: Genesis, 1 Kings, Job, Jonah, and Revelation. The course will be more exploratory than authoritative, its goal to understand not only how the Biblical texts inform the literary, but also how the literary texts comment on the Biblical.
To ensure that a wide variety of perspectives is brought to bear upon the reading, the first requirement of the course is active participation in class discussion. There will be two papers, a midterm, and a final exam.
Attendance and participation 10%
Two papers 40%
Final exam 30%
Milton, Paradise Lost
Melville, Moby Dick
Authorized Version of the Bible (King James)