M426INT American Religion in American Movies and Literature

This course explores the religious landscape through contemporary American novels and movies.   Seemingly secular genres, studying American novels and movies allows students to explore spirituality and theology from a variety of traditions and contexts from urban store front church to an Appalachia snake handling congregation, from a pre-Vatican II cloister to the Mexican-American kitchen where folk religion blends with Catholicism and the supernatural.  American literature and movies invites students to consider gender, race, class, cultural history, and comparative religious studies in a framework that invites discussion and imagination while the theological, historical, and cultural aspects of the stories are examined.