COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
Section: 002 Holy Texts in the Age of Texting: Ancient and Modern Technologies of Religious Writing
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Other:
WorldLit
Waitlist Capacity:
100
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

What do religious and digital texts have in common? This course will explore this question by engaging the mechanics of reading and writing across differently sacred texts and their various mediums. We will interrogate surprising relationships between old and new ways of writing, like prophets and social media influencers, and between religious and secular forms of publication, like what authorship means for a divine text and a Facebook thread, and of course their overlap (cue: “The Writing on the Wall”). We will also pay attention to how changing technologies of inscription both activate and change our writing sensibilities, and ask ourselves how we, as writers in a contemporary world, can think through, critique and utilize those shifting sensibilities to write more robustly and dynamically. This is a course that will take you through the complexities of academic writing and its different components. We will take a trans-genre and trans-historical approach to studying writing, spanning from the ancient to the contemporary and the Talmud to Instagram, exploring the different ways that authors create narrative, gather evidence, structure arguments and persuade readers. We will consider comparative frameworks such as the relationship between various nonhuman writers, like divinities and social media bots, and different kinds of human writers, like prophets and poets, scholars and bloggers, looking to understand how these different actors and activities shift our definitions of both “writing” and “writer”. This class will be interesting to anyone looking to explore writing through questions of religious authority, truth, subjectivity, creativity and the secular in the modern digital age.

COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
Schedule Listing
002 (REC)
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21850
Open
5
 
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WF 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (REC)
P
17675
Closed
0
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
004 (REC)
P
18595
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
005 (REC)
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19542
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
006 (REC)
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29135
Closed
0
 
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MW 5:30PM - 7:00PM
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