This course brings together readings of the Bible in the Judeo-Christian tradition with apt mythological, folkloristic, and traditional contexts, concepts, theories, and meanings. We will read sections of the Bible that have continuing presence in Western culture and literature, exploring how these are shaped by orality and performance practices, and carry ongoing symbolic and narrative meaning. In addition to reading narrative, lyrical, prophetic, and epistolary sections of the King James English Bible, we will take a folkloristic approach in studying these accounts as a complex tradition of mythic and narrative patterns, heroic images, poetic and legendary modes and conventions, and ethical and legal prescriptions that have, from the beginning persisted as orally transmitted materials and continue to permeate our cultural and ethical practices, beliefs, and traditions.
Folklore/Ethnic/Women’s Literature courses focus on works in Folklore, ethnic American writing, and writing by women.
English Minor courses offer students centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts. The English minor can focus and extend the values of a liberal arts education, while also providing extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking.