("Devotional Poetry: Religion and Literature")

Course Code
RELG 2559
Credits
3
Department
Jane Mikkelson
Lecturer

9am-11am, and 1pm-3pm

This course explores the dynamic connections between literature and religion. What is the role of imagination in belief? How are practices of reading, interpretation, contemplation, and memory intertwined?  We will read devotional poetry (love poems, stories in verse, prayers, meditations, and more) from a wide range of historical periods and regions. We’ll also examine the various convergences and divergences across devotional practices and literary traditions in Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism, among other religions.