Fall 2010

The Bible as Literature

Listed in: European Studies, as EUST-30


Ilan Stavans (Section 01)


A close reading of significant portions of the Five Books of Moses, done from the perspective of literature: how are the human and divine characters built, what interior life do they display and what philosophical view do they convey?  Attention will be given to the 19th-century theories that approach the Bible as a composite book delivering a nationalistic story. Students will also reflect on the impact of the Bible in Western literature, from Dante’s Divine Comedy to R. Crumb’s cartoon retelling of Genesis. Taught in English.

Fall semester. Professor Stavans.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2010, Spring 2019