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Spring 2016-2017
* REL 367 / AAS 346 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

The American Jeremiad and Social Criticism in the United States

Eddie S. Glaude

This course examines the religious and philosophical roots of prophecy as a form of social criticism in American intellectual and religious history. Particular attention is given to what is called the American Jeremiad, a mode of public exhortation that joins social criticism to spiritual renewal. Michael Walzer, Sacvan Bercovitch, and Edward Said serve as key points of departure in assessing prophetic criticisms, insights and limitations. Attention is also given to the role of black prophetic critics such as James Baldwin, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Cornel West.

Sample reading list:
James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time
Sacvan Bercovitch, The American Jeremiad
Conrad Cherry, God's New Israel
Eddie S. Glaude, Jr, Exodus! Religion, Race, and Nation in Early 19th Century
Perry Miller, The Errand in the Wilderness
Edward Said, Representations of the Intellectual
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Careful reading of the assigned materials each week; participation; mid-term paper; final paper.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 40%
Paper in lieu of Final - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43461 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Stanhope Hall   101   Enrolled:13 Limit:15