2683: Literature and Catholicism II
This course will
explore literature since 1800 which reflects Catholic beliefs, traditions
and perspectives in various ways. This exploration will be set in the
context of the Word - the Word of Genesis which creates, and the Word
become incarnate. We will examine literary works as syllables of that
Word, and literture itself as sacramental, as potentially revelatory.
The course posits imagination as a means of cognition, the religious
imagination in particular as a rich and fertile vehicle for understanding
and experiencing the relationship between the human and the divine.
The format is primarily lecture though class discussion is encouraged and some group work is incorporated. Regular class attendance is presumed. The course grade will be derived from 2 essays (30% each) and a final examination (40%).
o Francis Thompson,
"The Hound of Heaven"
I interpret your enrollment in this course as a sign of your intention to attend class regularly and participate actively. Frequent and unexplained absences may earn a failing grade. Since essays are aids in learning effective writing, you are welcome to re-do any assignments.