RELI S-1063 Literature of Journey and Quest

7-week session | CRN 32543

This course explores the theme of journey and quest in the company of great travelers, among them the ancient Mesopotamian hero, Gilgamesh, the Japanese Haiku poet, Basho, and the nameless man and boy who travel across the landscape of Cormac McCarthy's The Road. Through direct encounter with imaginative literary works from a variety of contexts and genres, we consider the relationship between interior journeys and journeys through external landscapes, between home and exile, between bewilderment and certainty, and between the religious and literary dimensions of literature itself. Special attention is given to the religious dimension of the human practice of making journeys and quests.

Course information
Class meetings

On campus
Mondays, Wednesdays, 8:30-11:30 am
Sever Hall 105

Start date

Monday, June 19


4 credits

Course tuition


Enrollment status

  • Enrolled: 5
  • Faculty

    Stephanie A. Paulsell, PhD.

    Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies, Harvard Divinity School

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