Religion and Literature
Master of Arts in Religion
Concentration in Religion and Literature
The concentration emphasizes the close reading of texts, an awareness of historical context, and a wide variety of interpretive approaches. What distinguishes it from other master’s programs in literature, however, is its focus on the religious dimension of literary works and the theological ramifications of their study—for communities as well as for individual readers. Students are helped to make connections between theological content and literary form (e.g., narrative, poetry, memoir, epistle, fragment, and song); to increase understanding of how the arts voice theological ideas; and to develop creative as well as critical writing skills in articulating theology. In addition to literary study students take courses in Bible, theology, and history. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the ISM, moreover, literature is always brought into conversation with worship and the other arts.
Graduates of the program typically go on to doctoral work, to college and secondary school teaching positions, or to publishing.
- Dante’s Journey to God
- Religious Themes in Contemporary American Short Fiction
- The Psalms in Scripture, Literature, and Music
- The Religious Lyric in Britain
- Genesis and its Afterlife
- The Passion of Christ in Literature and the Visual Arts