ENGL 305 B1: Literature and Religion

L. Harrington

This course explores how contemporary literature draws on and interacts with religion. We will address topics such as heresy and books banned on religious grounds, religious sectarianism and the role of religion in conflict and war, and how writers employ religion to comment on sex and gender relations, the sacred v. the secular, and politics. Our focus will be on a variety of traditions and perspectives, including Hinduism, Islam, Catholicism and Protestantism in short stories, poetry and novels.