2360U [CRN: 24447]

On the devotional poetry of Donne, Lanyer, Herbert, Milton, and Crashaw. Our way into this strange, intense body of verse is sacrifice and "sacrifice theory" (Bataille, Girard, Agamben). Why the eternal sacrificial injunction in the Judeo-Christian tradition? How do we get from sacrifice as violent ritual action to sacrifice as internalized ethical imperative? To what extent is Christianity still a blood cult? Enrollment limited to 15 graduate students in English, Comparative Literature, MCM, and Religious Studies.
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