J David Mc Cracken
Students can expect to learn how to read the poetry (and, to some extent, the paintings, engravings, and drawings) of the Romantic poet and artist, William Blake; how to think about the relationships between religion and literature, in the case of Blake; how to read the English Bible (KJV)imaginatively, or in a visionary way, or in its spiritual sense, or antithetically, or as typology--i.e., in a Blakean way; and how to write clearly and cogently about religion and literature. These are the goals.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Discussion, reports by students, mini-lectures by instructor.
Some acquaintance with reading imaginative literature, especially poetry. Some acquaintance with the Bible, though there are bound to be students from English who know relatively little about it. No prior knowledge of Blake is assumed. More important is desire, energy, and the willingness to work hard. > >
Class assignments and grading
There will be reading assignments for each class meeting. Topics for in-class reports (on Blake and/or the Bible) will be assigned. One or two short papers, and one longer term paper.
Grades based on class participation in discussion, in-class report on assigned topic, short papers, and term paper.