Courses – 3rd and 4th Year

RGLA courses

Majors take 3, while Minors take 2 of the following RGLA courses:

RGLA 371/001 Seminar in Religion and Literature 3 Credits
Term 2, Tue Thu 9:30-11:00 Frederic Lasserre 105

This course is not open to first-year students.

“Lives” of religious figures such as the ‘Gospel of Matthew’ and the’ Life of Buddha’ define their respective religious traditions. Others such as the ‘Gospels of Mary’ and ‘Judas’ provide controversial alternatives. In the modern period creative writers and artists present divergent versions, some from sympathetic Jewish or Muslim perspectives, others from critical cultural perspectives. Examples include Ricci, Mailer, Arcand, Potok, Chagall, and Aqqad. This course is for Majors and Minors in “Religion, Literature and the Arts” and others with permission of the Instructor.

RGLA 372/001 – Now being offered as ASIA 398 Lecture Narrative Literature in Premodern India Credits: 3
Stories of gods, goddesses and religious heroes from the Ramayana, Mahabharata, Puranas, Avadanas and in classical poetry and drama.
Instructor: SATHAYE, Adheesh

In substitution for RGLA 372, which is not being offered this year, students are asked to take ASIA 398, which is being given at the same time that RGLA 372 was to have been offered:

Term 2,
Tues 11:00 – 12:30, Frederick Laserre 104
Thu 11:00 – 12:30 The Leon and Thea Koerner University Centre 103

RGLA 471 001 (3) Advanced Seminar in Religion and Literature/ Research Intensive: The World in the Eye of the Beloved (Cross-listed with ITAL 404-101, ITST 414-101 and RMST 420C-101)
[Term 1  Tues Thurs 14:00-15:30     West Mall Swing Space 109 ]
Instructor: Daniela Boccassini

The 11th to 13th centuries produced some of the most intense, sublime and passionate poetry to be found in the Western tradition, and beyond. Throughout the Mediterranean, love poetry became one of the privileged portals to access a holistic experience of life. In and through their yearning for the Beloved, poets addressed our inborn desire for meaning, fulfillment, perfect happiness. Who is the Beloved, then, what does s/he reveal to the lover, and where does the “learning of the heart”, which the experience of love so understood entails, lead to?

In this course we will:

1) read (in English translation) and discuss a number of poetic texts pertaining to the love experience from the Medieval Provençal, Italian, Hispanic, Islamic, and Indian worlds;
2) evaluate some of the most representative traditional critical interpretations that have been given of the “literary phenomenon” of love poetry in this historical context;
3) approach and evaluate less canonical readings of these texts through critical studies that speak out of an intentionally comparativist, hermeneutical perspective.

Primary Texts:
Romance of Tristan and Iseult, ed. J. Bédier. Dover, 2005.
Chrétien de Troyes, Arthurian Romances, Penguin Classics, 1991.
Dante Alighieri, Vita nuova, tr. S. Applebaum. Dover, 2001.
Nizami Ganjavi, The Story of Layla and Majnun. Omega, 1996.
Rumi, Poems of Ecstasy and Longing. Penguin, 2008.
Faridoddin Attâr, The Conference of the Birds. Penguin, 2007.

Secondary Texts:
A selection of critical readings will be provided, in format TBA.

Religious Studies Courses (RELG courses, ASIA courses with religion content, or classes from other Departments with religious studies content with approval of the Chair)

6 credits of Religious Studies numbered 300 and above (Majors and Minors). Examples include ASIA 376 (3) The Sikhs: Formations, Contexts, and Historical Development or RELG 307 (3) Sex, Lies, and Violence in the Hebrew Bible

Other courses

MAJORS choose 15/18 credits and MINORS choose 6/9 credits selected from the following list of courses, in consultation with one of the Advisors; the Chair can approve classes not listed on an ad hoc basis.