Religion in

REL 430.001
Religion and Literature

Dr. Merinda Simmons

Office: 300 Manly Hall
Office Phone: 348-9911
Office Hour: T 2-3 pm

: TR 12:30-1:45
Location: 210 Manly Hall




This Core Writing course examines canon formation in religion & literature. Viewing these two categories as socio-cultural products, we will discuss problems of authorship, readership, voice, identity, and canonicity with a particular eye toward the implications of deciding what "counts" in literary or religious traditions. W


Fall 2016 (PDF)

Books (required)

Randall, Alice
The Wind Done Gone
Mariner Books, 2002
ISBN: 061810450X

Online Readings (all PDFs unless noted)

Literary Theory: An Introduction by Terry Eagleton
Introduction and Chapter 1, "The Rise of English"
Chapter 3, "Structuralism and Semiotics"
Chapter 4, "Post-Structuralism"

"The Death of the Author" by Roland Barthes

"What Is an Author?" by Michel Foucalt

"Authority and American Usage" by David Foster Wallace (from Consider the Lobster)

Preface to Cultural Capital: The Problem of Literary Canon Formation by John Guillory

"What We Lose if We Lose the Canon" by Arthur Krystal (webpage link)

"Production of Belief" by Pierre Bourdieu

"The Laugh of the Medusa" by Hélène Cixous

"Approaching Bourdieu: Feminist Theory and Pierre Bourdieu's Sociology of Culture" by Toril Moi (from What is a Woman? And Other Essays)

"Can the Subaltern Speak?" by Gayatri chakravorty Spivak

"The Wind Done Gone Controversy: American Studies, Copyright Law, and the Imaginary Domain" by Richard Schur

"Multiculturalism and British Identity in the Wake of the Rushdie Affair" by Salman Rushdie