ENGLISH 313 - Topics in Literary Studies
Winter 2022, Section 002 - The Catholic Novel
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Details

Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Description

Scholars define a Catholic novel not by the beliefs or identity of its author but by how closely the mainspring of its dramatic action depends upon Roman Catholic ideas or theology. A significant literary achievement, the Catholic novel is primarily associated with a group of British and American authors who were writing in the mid-twentieth century while contemplating the horrors of modernity: two world wars, ethnic and religious genocides, the rise of totalitarian states, the false promises of consumerism and scientism, and the haunting sense of an ending – of a world that seemed to be expiring (not with a bang but a whimper). Catholic novels do not proselytize – they are written by artists not evangelists – but they do tell powerful stories about broken people exercising free will in a fallen world, about the mystery and silence of God, about incarnation and atonement, and about temptation, sin, and redemption. These works are about the meaning – and the difficulty – of life from a Catholic point of view. In this class, students will learn about Catholic thought and doctrine, the relationships between religion and culture, the “religious turn” in literary studies, and the lives and works of our four authors: Graham Greene, Flannery O’Connor, Muriel Spark, and Walker Percy.

Schedule

ENGLISH 313 - Topics in Literary Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
15945
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (LEC)
 In Person
30692
Open
3
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (LEC)
  Hybrid
35269
Open
3
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM

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