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Undergraduate Course: The Bible in Literature (DIVI08003)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course offers an introduction to the biblical stories and themes which echo throughout literature in English. An exploration of the differences between quotation, allusion and echo, and the notion of reception criticism, will be followed by a thematic survey of key biblical narratives, and examples of their use in literary texts will be discussed. The influence of the King James Version will be assessed, and other translations considered.
Course description Academic Description:
The course aims to enrich students; reading experience of texts in English by helping them to identify biblical themes in literary texts. In order to achieve this, the course offers an introduction to significant biblical themes and stories. The complexity and richness of the Bible, including the history of its composition and its own intertextual patterns, are explored. Biblical themes in poetry, drama and novels from a wide time perspective are considered, and their significance discussed. Theories about intertextuality are considered in relation to the Bible, and the history and influence of the King James Version of the biblical text is highlighted.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
The course will cover theoretical issues in the field, as well as offering an historical survey of selected biblical texts and their translations. Themes including creation and fall, exodus and exile, incarnation, rebirth, salvation and judgement will be covered, as will the role of characters such as biblical women and biblical brothers. Literature from a wide time period will be read, and will include texts such as Milton┐s Paradise Lost, Shakespeare┐s Henry IV Part 1; the poetry of Christina Rossetti; novels by Robert Louis Stevenson and Margaret Atwood.

Student Learning Experience Information:
The course has a programme of three one-hour lectures plus a one-hour tutorial per week. There will be interactive elements to the lectures, and there is a schedule of reading to be carried out before each lecture and each tutorial. Each student will be required to give a short presentation at one tutorial during the semester on the text for the day. Through participation in lecture and tutorial discussions, as well as through the written work and the examination included in the assessment schedule, students will demonstrate their achievement of the intended learning outcomes.


Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Recognise and discuss the history and interpretation of key biblical themes and stories.
  2. Identify biblical themes and stories in selected literary texts and assess their significance.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of theories of intertextuality as they relate to the Bible and literature.
  4. Critique secondary literature on the relationship between specific biblical and literary texts.
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsTBibLit
Contacts
Course organiserDr Alison Jack
Tel: (0131 6)50 8944
Email: A.Jack@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Katrina Munro
Tel: (0131 6)50 8900
Email: Kate.Munro@ed.ac.uk
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