L460 2142 MARKS
Seminar: Literary Form, Mode, and Theme

3:35p-6:00 M (6) 3 cr.

MEETS WITH COMPARATIVE LITERATURE C400 AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES R410. PREREQUISITE: JUNIOR OR SENIOR STANDING

TOPIC: THE POETICS OF BIBLICAL NARRATIVE

Close reading of the books of Genesis and Samuel, concentrating on the relevance to one another of literary theory and biblical scholarship. Our initial aim will be intimate acquaintance with the complexities of the text, including the ideas behind it and the ideas it has inspired; but we shall be concerned too with more general issues of authority and originality, metaphor and enigma, interpretative license and the status of the author--issues which biblical criticism raises in their acutest form. Secondary reading will include ancient Near Eastern parallels, literary retellings, and classic works of biblical interpretation, ancient and modern, religious and secular.

No special preparation or knowledge is required, but some background in literary and/or biblical studies is recommended. Requirements include a short exegetical exercise, a class report, and a final paper.