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Fall 2018-2019
* REL 350 / CLA 352 / ENG 442 / HIS 353 (EC)   na, npdf

God, Satan, Goddesses, and Monsters: How Their Stories Play in Art, Culture, and Politics

Elaine H. Pagels

ENROLLMENT BY APPLICATION OR INTERVIEW. DEPARTMENTAL PERMISSION REQUIRED.

Each week we'll take up a major theme--creation, the problem of evil; what's human/inhuman/ divine; apocalypse--and explore how their stories, embedded in western culture, have been interpreted for thousands of years--so far! Starting with creation stories from Babylon, Israel, Egypt and Greece, we'll consider how some such stories still shape an amazing range of cultural attitudes toward controversial issues that include sexuality, "the nature of nature," politics, and questions of meaning.

Sample reading list:
Saint Augustine and Marcus Dods, The City of God
E. Pagels, Adam, Eve, and the Serpent
V. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning
Apuleius, The Golden Ass
Gospels of Mark, Luke, John, from New Testament
The Dead Sea Scrolls (selections)
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 100 pages of reading per week, weekly written responses sent to Blackboard, two oral presentations, two short papers (3-5 pages each), final research paper (14-18 pages).

Requirements/Grading:
Papers - 25%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Term Paper(s) - 35%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Other information:
Please apply by submitting one written paragraph explaining your interest in the course, any relevant academic background and your year. This information should be submitted to the Religion Dept., 1879 Hall, Rm. 143. Deadline is Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22202 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Class of 1879 Hall   137   Enrolled:16 Limit:15 Closed