Disaster in American Religion and Culture

REL-C 345 — Fall 2020

Cooper Harriss
Days and Times
MW 11:15-12:30P
Course Description

Disasters lead to questions. “Why?” “How?” Even “where is God in the midst of all this?” People often turn to artistic expression in the attempt to find answers for these questions. This course focuses on four American disasters and the artistic production they have spawned (Titanic movies, the 1927 flood and blues music, Indian eradication and the Ghost Dance, and 9/11 graphic novels) to think about how these cultural forms attempt to provide order in chaos, seeking to find answers for what is essentially unanswerable about suffering as a human experience.


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