HD605 History of Religion and American Popular Culture: From the Nineteenth Century to The Hunger Games

This course explores the history of religion and culture in the United States from the nineteenth century to the present to analyze how Christianity has been represented in popular literature, art, music, and film. Looking beyond American pulpits and congregations, students will investigate how doctrines like redemption and sin and practices like lament and confession are formed and transformed in popular works such as Harriett Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Norman Rockwell’s paintings, the jazz music of the Harlem Renaissance, and The Hunger Games films.

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