Spring 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Ingrao, Peter
Discipline and Number
LIT 3326 Section 001
TR Time 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Course Title
The Literature of the American South

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.

Required Texts:

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:

Research Essay
Midterm Exam
Lead class discussion of an assigned text

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