ENG 381 Modern American Fiction and the Spiritual Quest

This course explores the search for transcendent meaning as expressed in the fiction of Willa Cather, William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, Saul Bellow, Walker Percy, Leslie Marmon Silko, Wendell Berry, Marilynne Robinson, and beyond. Core works include such titles as Death Comes for the ArchbishopThe Bear, Wise BloodThe MoviegoerMr. Sammler's PlanetCeremony, Jayber Crow, and Gilead. Questions regarding divine will, human destiny, and the archetypes of the spiritual quest weave throughout readings that span multiple faith traditions.




Open to all sophomores and above.