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American Gospels: Religion and American Literature

Traditionally, religion and American literature course shave examined expressions of religious faith and practice in American fiction using American religious history as an organizational tool. This course recognizes that the relationship between American literature and religion is complex and not merely representational. Thus, we will examine a variety of works that typify four different ways American writers have combined art and religion: rewriting sacred texts, writing works of fiction and non-fiction that have inspired new religions and new religious movements, writing fiction that examines issue of faith and the supernatural, and finally critiquing American religion through fiction.


This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Danielle B. Sigler

Austin College

Private College or University
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Undergraduate Course
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Religious Studies, American Studies, English

New Religious Movements, Protestant
Religous Tradition

Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars

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