SoSe 15: S-Literary Studies: Periods-Genres-Concepts II:The Bible as Literature
Kai Martin Wiegandt
While the Bible is not as widely known in Western societies as it used to be, readers with little or no knowledge of it will miss significant aspects of English literature. This seminar addresses two ... Lesen Sie weiter
While the Bible is not as widely known in Western societies as it used to be, readers with little or no knowledge of it will miss significant aspects of English literature. This seminar addresses two (possibly overlapping) audiences: those who want to fill this gap and those who want to acquire a distinctly literary perspective on the book that influenced (not only) English literature like no other. We will study a broad selection from a version of the Bible that was particularly important for early modern English literature: the Authorized King James Version (1611). We will consider narrative techniques, language, structure, historical/cultural contexts, and multiple perspectives from which the texts may be read. In addition, examples of Biblical resonances in English literature from the 16th to the 20th century will be discussed.
Participants will have to read critical essays in addition to our readings (these texts will be made available on Blackboard). Regular attendance (no more than two missed classes), the writing of response papers and a presentation are obligatory. Credits can be acquired by submitting a paper on a specialised topic. English is spoken in class. Your language skills should be at the C1 level or higher according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
The Bible: Authorized King James Version (Oxford World Classics). Ed. R. Carroll, S. Prickett. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.