300 level

Rel 396 (ENGL 396, JST 396, WGSS 396) Biblical Women: Re/Reading the Texts and Traditions (4)

In this course, we will examine representations of women in the Old and New Testaments, including Eve, Susannah, Judith, Mary the Mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdalene. Comparing ancient and medieval textual and interpretive traditions, this course will reflect on the ways in which writers reshape familiar narratives of biblical women to reflect different cultural expectations. This transhistorical comparative approach emphasizes the flexibility of biblical narrative traditions and their relationship to changing norms of idealized and demonized femininity. (HU)

Rel 395 (AAS 395, ENGL 395-10/11, WGSS 395-10/11) Black Queer Saints: Sex, Gender, Race, Class, and the Quest for Liberation

This interdisciplinary seminar (drawing on fiction, biography, critical theory, film, essays, and memoirs) will explore how certain African American artists, activists, and religionists have resisted, represented, and reinterpreted sex, sexuality, and gender norms in the context of capitalist, white supremacist, male supremacist, and heteronormative cultures. Participants will examine the visions and lives of an exemplary cast, including but not limited to, Harriet Tubman, Langston Hughes, Alain Locke, James Baldwin, Bayard Rustin, Peter Gomes, Alice Walker, and bell hooks.  (HU)

Rel 317. (Engl 317) Topics in Jewish Literature (4)

This course will explore the American and global contemporary Jewish experience through poetry, fiction and memoir.  We'll read Nobel prize-winners, American masters, Russian and Sephardic immigrants, and cutting-edge experimentalists.  Readings, films and guest speakers will offer provocative springboards from which to discuss ethnic literatures, Jewish responses to the Holocaust, tradition and assimilation, gender roles, Jewish literature itself, and what it means to be a Jew in the contemporary world.  May be repeated for credit as title varies.  

Rel 337. (Anth 337, Asia 337) Buddhism and Society (4)

In this course we approach Buddhism as a lived tradition rather than as a textual tradition.  We examine how Buddhist practices are integrated into local traditions and how religious practices become part of the larger social, political, and value systems.  Societies examined may include Thailand, Nepal, Japan, China, and the United States.  Students will develop a comparative framework that inclues Theravada, Tibetan, and Zen Buddhism.

Rel 350 (Pols 350 and 450) Religion and Politics in Comparative Perspective (4)

This research seminar attempts to identify the conditions under which religious parties arise and become influential, how religion influences popular understandings of secular politics and the extent to which religion is a necessary feature of modern public discourse.  These topics are explored through country specific cases from around the world.

Rel 375. (SSP 375) The Christian Right in American (4)

What do we know about the Christian Right? Who are they? What do they believe? Where do they come from? Seminar explores answers to such questions through a focus on the history of the Christian Right as well as its ideologies and beliefs, the people who are a part of it, and its evolving relationship to the American political system. Topics include some of the most divisive social issues of our time: abortion, homosexuality, capital punishment, pornography, taxes, education, and the separation of church and state. 


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