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. SiglerAuthor
Private College or University Institution Type
Syllabus Resource Type
Undergraduate Course Class Type
2004 Date Published
Religious Studies, American Studies, English Discipline
New Religious Movements, Protestant Religous Tradition
Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars Topics