Spring 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
In her introduction to The Christ-Haunted Landscape: Faith and Doubt in Southern Fiction, Susan Ketchin astutely observes: “That old-time religion, evangelical Protestantism, has always been a dominant and distinctive force in southern history and culture.” This course will consider the continuing southern affinity for its ministers, prophets, and fire-baptized preachers from popular culture to the practices of “Other” fundamentalist groups such as serpent-handlers. In particular, students will examine how the relationship between communal religion and individual spirituality functions to establish cultural and personal identity.
Flannery O'Connor, The Violent Bear it Away
Cormac McCarthy, Child of God
Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an
American Slave & Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Randall Kenan, A Visitation of Spirits
Lee Smith, Saving Grace
Susan Ketchin, ed., The Christ-Haunted Landscape: Faith and Doubt
in Southern Fiction
A selection of short readings from such authors as Mencken, Cash, Tate, and Faulkner will be available through e-reserve. The course will also incorporate scenes from Robert Duvall's The Apostle.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Lead class discussion of an assigned text