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Winter Term: On Associate Status
Additional Programs
Religion

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Summer 2020 - BLSE

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Summer 2021 - BLSE

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Summer 2023 - BLSE

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American Literature

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Summer 2019 - BLSE

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World Literature

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Summer 2020 - BLSE, Summer 2022 - BLSE

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World Literature

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Jewish Traditions
“Traditions” are not static, but a constant interplay between continuity and creativity. What do classical Jewish texts (Bible, Rabbinic literature) tell us about Judaism’s origins? How have the core concepts and practices of Judaism morphed into a cluster of traditions that has endured over two millennia? With these questions in mind, we will study central ideas in Jewish thought, rituals, and their transformations, culminating in individual projects involving the investigation a contemporary movement, congregation or trend in contemporary Jewish life, e.g. Reform, Reconstructionism, mystical (neo-Kabbalistic) revivals, or “secular” Judaism. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

Terms Taught

Fall 2022

Requirements

HIS, PHL

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An Introduction to Biblical Literature
This course is a general introduction to biblical history, literature, and interpretation. It is designed for students who seek a basic understanding of the Bible on its own or as a foundation for further study in religion, art, literature, film, and other disciplines. It aims to acquaint students with the major characters, narratives, poetry, and compositional features of biblical literature and how these writings became Jewish and Christian scriptures. The course will also explore various approaches to reading the Bible, both religious and secular. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

Terms Taught

Fall 2020, Fall 2021

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LIT, PHL

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The Arabian Nights—Storytelling, Orientalism, and Islamic Culture
In this course we will study the great medieval classic The Arabian Nights or The Thousand and One Nights Entertainment. Compiled in Egypt and Syria in the 14th century and translated into French and other European languages in the 17th and 18th centuries, this “ocean story” has had a profound effect on the development of the literatures of both the Middle East and the West. The incorporation of ‘Arabian Nights’ motifs in European art and orientalist discourse will be central in our enquiry. (Formerly RELI 1038) (Not open to students who have already taken RELI 1038.)

Terms Taught

Fall 2022

Requirements

CMP, LIT, MDE

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God and Love in the Ancient World: India and Israel
Are loving god and loving a person the same thing? Do people use the same forms of expression for human and divine love? Lovers of all kinds have been asking these questions since the second millennium, BCE. In this course we will explore these questions and others by reading poetry, narrative, prayer, and epic from two ancient classical civilizations: Brahmanical India and Biblical Israel. We will read Indian texts of the Rg Veda, the Bhagavad Gita, and devotional hymns to the classical Hindu gods and goddesses. We will compare these texts with those from the Hebrew Bible, including well-known narratives of royalty, the psalms and the Song of Songs. (At least one RELI course required; courses in the study of literature preferred but not required). 3 hrs. sem.

Terms Taught

Fall 2019

Requirements

CMP, LIT, PHL, SOA

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The Ten Commandments
After a grounding in the narratives of Genesis and Exodus (and an examination of those books’ understanding of the Law) we will move on to study the two versions of the Commandments—one in Exodus and one in Deuteronomy. We will then proceed to the history of interpretation of the Commandments, both as a unit unto themselves and as part of the general system of biblical law. Special attention will be paid to the differences between Rabbinic Judaism's understanding of the Decalogue (as the commandments are also known) and the various Christian understandings of the Ten Commandments. We will also look at expressions of the Decalogue in Islamic scripture and tradition. (formerly RELI 0132) 3 hrs. lect.

Terms Taught

Fall 2020, Fall 2021

Requirements

AAL, MDE, PHL

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Islam and Judaism
In this course we will compare and contrast the histories, practices, and beliefs of Islam and Judaism. Our source materials will include scriptural and post-scriptural texts, as well as representative selections from religious polemics of both the pre-modern and modern periods. We will also watch a number of documentary films on the topic. (formerly RELI 0256) 3 hrs. sem.

Terms Taught

Fall 2019

Requirements

AAL, CMP, MDE, PHL

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Independent Research
(Approval Required)

Terms Taught

Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2022, Fall 2023

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Senior Project
(Approval Required)

Terms Taught

Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2022, Fall 2023

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Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

Terms Taught

Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2022, Fall 2023

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The Arabian Nights—Storytelling, Orientalism, and Islamic Culture
In this course we will study the great medieval classic The Arabian Nights or The Thousand and One Nights Entertainment. Compiled in Egypt and Syria in the 14th century and translated into French and other European languages in the 17th and 18th centuries, this “ocean story” has had a profound effect on the development of the literatures of both the Middle East and the West. The incorporation of ‘Arabian Nights’ motifs in European art and orientalist discourse will be central in our enquiry.

Terms Taught

Winter 2019

Requirements

AAL, CMP, LIT, MDE, WTR

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The Seven Deadly Sins in Theology, Art and Literature
In this course we will study the medieval tradition of the Seven Deadly Sins and their expression in theology, art and literature. Among the authors we will read are Aquinas, Shakespeare, and W.H. Auden. We will view and study films and music that allude to this list of sins.

Terms Taught

Winter 2020

Requirements

LIT, PHL, WTR

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