REL 501.001

Social Theory Foundations

W | 1:30-3:20

MA 210

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This graduate seminar introduces students to some of the terms and methods used in social theory and cultural analysis. As such, it presents the academic study of religion as an inevitably interdisciplinary field that draws from a host of various thinkers and texts. We will focus our readings and discussions around critical concepts important to studies of identity, text, and society.

K. Merinda Simmons


Lentricchia and McLaughlin (eds)
Critical Terms for Literary Study (2nd edition)
U of Chicago Press, 1995

Morrison, Toni
Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination
Vintage, 1993

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