Passion of Christ in Scripture, Literature, and Visual Arts

Spring 2017
M 1:30pm - 3:20pm
Area V
Permission Not Required
Limited Enrollment
Course Description: 

The seminar will survey the Passion of Christ as first recorded in Christian Scripture and then represented in literature, visual art, drama, film, and performance. It is organized chronologically but will develop certain recurring themes, e.g. the mystery of Christ’s person, the blame for his death, the place of suffering in the Christian story. We will explore some of the different ways the Passion has been imagined, exploited, and appropriated. Course Specifics: The seminar is limited to twelve students to insure adequate time for weekly discussion and for a presentation of research at the end of term. The composition of the class will be made up after the first meeting, when students will be asked to write a statement of their interest and about how the course fits into their educational program. The course does not aim to be comprehensive but rather to focus on specific moments in Christian history and the literary or visual art that expresses a theological vision.

Background Expected: 

No pre-requisites. Willingness to work in an interdisciplinary fashion.

Course Requirements: 

Attendance: Because the seminar meets only once a week, in a semester of only 12 class meetings, there can be no unexcused absences. Participation: The seminar presupposes active involvement in discussion as well as a major class presentation at the end of the semester. Students will prepare four 2-page papers (two on an assigned text, two on an assigned image). These written assignments occur at the beginning of the term and are meant to focus discussion and give feedback on writing. Seminar presentation: Students will work toward a 20-minute class presentation of a research project identified early on in the term and handed in after classes are finished as a 15-20 page paper. Faculty will read and comment on drafts of the research project if submitted two weeks before the due date.

Basis of Evaluation: 

Participation (20%), short papers (30%), seminar presentation and final project (50%).