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Comparative Literature (CMLIT)

CMLIT 141 (GH;US;IL) Religion and Literature (3) Major religious themes as expressed in literary masterpieces; sacred texts from various cultures read as literature.

CMLIT 141 Religion and Literature (3)
(GH;US;IL)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

CMLIT 141 is an introduction to literature, to religious writing, and to the many ways in which literature draws upon or interacts with religion. Among the many possible relationships between religion and literature are: straightforward dramatization of sacred texts; allegory; expression of mystical experience; exploration, dramatization, and individualization of theological issues; the creation of literature to promote or to meet the needs of piety; and utilization of religious imagery and symbolism as a poetic resource. Readings will include sacred texts, and also literature that draws upon or responds to sacred texts and religious traditions. It may also include avowedly secular literature that shows some relationship to religious tradition, and even literature questioning or critical of specific religious traditions or their adherents. Students will read works from a range of historical periods and world societies, both Western and non-western. Students will be evaluated on essay exam questions, short answer and objective exam questions, reading journals, quizzes, in-class discussion, group projects, research and critical papers, and final comprehensive written exam. CMLIT 141 is not required for the CMLIT major but may be selected to fulfill one of the course requirements for the major or for the World Literature Minor. This course also fulfills the General Education Humanities requirement, the Bachelor of Arts Humanities requirement, and the United States and International Cultures requirement.


General Education: GH
Diversity: US;IL
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Summer 2005

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.

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