RELI 333: Spiritual Autobiography

RELI 333-001: Spiritual Autobiography
(Fall 2023)

01:30 PM to 02:45 PM MW

Enterprise Hall 173

Section Information for Fall 2023

What is the self? Is it a body, a soul, a spirit? Is it an individual's consciousness or memory? In this course, we examine how individuals construct selves within a variety of religious traditions? A autobiography is more than a sketch of a life. It is an attempt to understand oneself and the world, culture, and tradition in which one lives. We'll begin the semester with Augustine's Confessions, one of the world's earliest interior autobiographies, and we'll compare it with Al-Ghazali's Deliverance from Error. We'll end with two American texts: The Autobiography of Malcolm X and Tara Westover's Educated


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Investigates the genre of autobiography as employed by religious authors, both classical and modern. Introduces students to personal, historical, and religious doctrinal contexts that shape the autobiographical literature. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Literature
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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