Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG200H1F L0101

ENG200H1F    L0101     M11, W11-1
The Bible in Literature
Instructor: Prof. M. Knight

Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 631
Email: mark.knight@utoronto.ca

Brief Description of Course:
The Bible has been one of the most influential texts for the literary tradition. This course will introduce the content and form of the Bible, look closely at some of the books in it, and explore ways in which the Bible has been retold, revised, and reimagined by writers. Along the way we will consider different voices within the Bible, different ways of reading the Bible, the use of parables, questions about translation, and stories of creation, salvation and the apocalypse.

Required Reading:
The Bible; Literature and the Bible: A Reader (Routledge 2014); literature from authors such as George Herbert, Christopher Smart, William Blake, Christina Rossetti, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, and T. S. Eliot. A full reading list will be posted on Blackboard by mid August. Students will need a copy of the Bible (any of the following translations are fine: NRSV, KJV, NKJV, NIV, NASV, NABRE) and a copy of Literature and the Bible: A Reader; the literary texts (mostly poetry and short stories) will be available through Blackboard.

First Three Authors/Texts: TBA.

Method of Evaluation: Informed participation (10%); in-class tests, take-home tests and quizzes (60%); essay (30%).

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