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CATH-118 Mary & Catholic Imagination
Spring for 2009-2010
The definitions, roles, and presentations of Mary in the literary and visual culture of Roman Catholicism are explored throughout lectures and discussions. Feminist scholars argue that the fundamental purpose for the imaging of women, especially Mary, is to teach both theological doctrine and appropriate societal roles for women. As the female role model par excellence, Mary is witnessed in a myriad of cultural expressions from the visual arts to music to film and most recently, television and video. Students will engage the relationships between religion/theology, gender, and visual narratives; fiction and scripture; and the shifting cultural landscape that identifies or misidentifies the culture and values of Roman Catholicism. As historical/theological background to Mariology, students will read a variety of apocryphal, patristic, conciliar, and devotional documents including the Protoevangelium of James and The Golden Legend (selected chapters) as relevant to the popular reception of Mary and Marian imagery. Throughout the course, students will be asked to consider the evolution of Mariology into image by both their own seeing of works of art and cinema, and their own readings of devotional, literary, and theological texts.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None

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