Spring Quarter (S19)
|Dept/Description||Course No., Title||Instructor|
Courses Offered by the Religious Studies Minor or other Schools at UCI
Spring Quarter (S19)
|Dept||Course No., Title||Instructor|
|REL STD (S19)||5C RELIGIOUS DIALOGUE||MCKENNA, J.|
Lectures and discussion on controversial topics in religion: sexual morality; religious violence; science; treatment of women and girls; religious truth, American Constitutional matters; secularization; the future of religion, and other topics. Same as HISTORY16C.
|REL STD (S19)||150 RACE & RELIGION||KOH, S.|
ASIANAM 150/REL STD 150
|REL STD (S19)||150 THE DIVINE COMEDY||CHIAMPI, J.|
This year’s course on the Divine Comedy will study the way in which Dante uses irony to upset the quotidian, earthly certitudes and perspectives we employ to make sense of the Inferno and Purgatorio. Romantic criticism with its titanism, exalted such figures as Francesca, Farinata, Pier della Vigna, and Count Ugolino, swooning over the “tragedy” of their damnation, but reading no further. Carefully read, the play of Dante’s Inferno achieves the contrary of exaltation: the glance backward from the education imparted by the Paradiso–axiological, epistemological and critical fulcrum of the poem–reveals the error that makes the damned glorious in the eyes of the world, and indeed, even attractive to us readers. Having arrived at such insight, retrospection of the Inferno and Purgatorio reveals the subtle way in which the play of the poem’s figuralism subverts the “natural” reading. We see what we may have overlooked before. Reading sub specie aeternitatis, our entire reading of the earlier canti changes completely. Thus do we overcome the wisdom of this world in favor of the foolishness of God. We will study this constellation of themes as part of an introduction to the three canticles of the poem. We shall also concern ourselves with understanding the Divine Comedy in relation to the traditions of Christian rationalism. Understanding the meaning of love in Christianity and its metamorphic power. Understanding the importance of conversion to salvation, and what it asks of the reader; the concept of eternity, the spiritual development of the soul and its relation to the renunciation of goods; the poem’s overall transaction with the reader; love in its relation to sin; the vice of pride; the relationship between reason and the mysteria. Understanding the relation between the three canticles and their differences and the way the poem figures its own nature and task. Understanding the way in which the poem moves from romantic opacity to rationalist transparency.
|SOCIOL (S19)||136 RELIGIOUS TRAD ASAM||KOH, S.|
ASIANAM 143/SOCIOL 136. Approved course for Religious Studies.