Modern Myth: Midnight's Children
This two-day course centers on Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children, a
modern mythological novel about the making of India. After completing
all of the required course reading (namely, the novel itself) before
the course begins, students discuss during this colloquium how Rushdie
enshrines earlier cultural traditions, introduces narrative
innovations, naturalizes notions of nation, and envisions adaptations
to other media.
As the world's largest religious tradition, with two billion
adherents, Christianity has had an enormous impact. Students examine
Christianity through a number of different lenses: through history,
through its scriptures, through its developed theological tradition,
and through its encounter with real world issues and events.