ENGLISH 2673: Literature and Catholicism 1
T and Th 1:00-2:20 pm
Sr. Ella Allen

This course will explore literature from the early Middle Ages to the later Renaissance which reflects Catholic teachings, traditions and attitudes, that gives flesh to belief. This exploration will be set within the context of the Word - the Word of Genesis that creates and the Word become incarnate.

We will consider the notions of literature as sacramental, as revelatory, and of the imagination as a means of cognition. Readings may include "The Dream of the Rood", medieval poetry and drama, mystical and devotional writings, and authors such as Augustine, Chaucer, Langland, Skelton, and our contemporaries, Annie Dillard and David Lodge.

The format is primarily lecture. Class discussion is encouraged and some group work is incorporated. The course grade is derived from 2 essays (30%) each and a final exam (40%).

~ some distributed but most you will retrieve from the web (or library)
Dillard, Annie. Holy the Firm
Lodge, David. Therapy


- "The Dream of the Rood"
- Langland, from Piers Plowman
- Everyman
- Noah's Flood
- Chaucer, from The Canterbury Tales
- Lodge, Therapy
- The Cloud of Unknowing
- Teresa of Avila, from The Interior Castle
- Julian of Norwich, from Revelations
- Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm

I interpret your enrolment in the course as a sign of your intention to complete assigned readings, to attend class regularly and to participate as you are comfortable doing so.

Since the aim of writing essays is to learn to express yourself effectively rather than to write the perfect essay the first time, you are welcome to re-write any paper.