Comparative Literature | Prophecy & Poetry
C545 | 1240 | Herbert Marks


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Meets with C405, ENG L460, and ISBL I600

		**Topic: PROPHECY AND POETRY**
Biblical prophecy and the appropriation of prophetic stances in
secular poetry.  Intensive study of the book of Ezekiel and selected
writings of William Blake.  Questions addressed will include the
background and history of prophecy as a literary mode, its formal
conventions, its paradoxical status as an antithetical discourse, and
its relation to the apocalyptic modes that displaced it.
Written work: a short exegetical paper, an exercise in line-by-line
commentary, and a choice of two critical essays or a term paper.
Prerequisite (undergraduates): at least one course in literary
interpretation at the 200 level or above, or permission of the
instructor.
To C405:
Please read "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell" by Blake for the first
class.
To C545:
Please read "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell" by Blake for the first
class.
(Grad students who would like a general introduction to biblical
literature are welcome to attend L367 on TR 4:00-5:15 and sign up for
3 credits of C604 [Individual Readings].)