Religion touches everything—politics, history, literature, art; friendship, family, food, pop culture; ritual, belief, belonging, community; race, gender, sexuality, and souls. It makes sense that writing about religion is incredibly capacious, creative, and diverse.
In this class we will read and write about religion in a variety of genres, including personal and academic essays; journalistic genres, including reported and opinion pieces; and literary and devotional work, such as poems, short stories, and prayers. We will spend time with religious art and artifacts in the archive and at the museum, and explore a variety of sacred spaces on and off campus. In the process, students will strengthen their research and writing skills, and use these skills to pursue their own religious interests and questions.
Prerequisites: ENGL 114, 115, 120, or another writing-intensive course at Yale.
Students who wish to enroll in this seminar should participate in online preregistration, which opens at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, December 11, 2017 and closes promptly at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 11, 2018.