ENGL 305 A1: Literature and Religion

L. Harrington

This course explores the intersection of literature and religious belief in the twentieth century through two frames: blasphemy and religious sectarianism. Our geographical focus will be Ireland and India and we will study a selection of poetry, short stories and one (long) novel. Throughout the course we will question how faith and religious conflict shape writers and readers, the representation of fundamentalism, and the tension between freedom of speech and the sacred.