Fall 2022


Listed in: Religion, as RELI-227


Rebecca Stephens Falcasantos (Section 01)


How do ideas about Hell and the possibility of eternal punishment shape attitudes toward death, influence understandings of morality, and reflect lived realities? Focusing on the history of Christian formulations of Hell, this course explores the variety of ways people have imagined what happens to them after death, how those ideas have developed, and what those ideas can tell us about the people who wrote, read, and talked about Hell. We will explore depictions of Hell from the ancient world to today, including literature, architecture, art, film, video games, and music, and our discussions will consider how the geographies, punishments, and monsters of Hell have fit within religious discourses, reflected social contexts, and helped shape human behavior.

Fall semester. Professor Falcasantos.

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Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: emphasis on close reading; class discussion; writing; oral presentation; group work

RELI 227 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM SCCE E210
Th 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM SCCE E210

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
The Penguin Book of Hell Penguin, 2018 Bruce, Scott Required Amherst Books TBD
The Portable Dante Penguin, 2003 Alighieri, Dante Required Amherst Books TBD
Paradise Lost Hackett Classics, 3rd ed., 2005 Milton, John Recommended Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2022, Fall 2024