EL 240 Theology and Literature

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Module Level



Continuous Assessment (Reflections & Participation): 40% Final Essay: 60%

Module Aims

The aim of this module is to (1) explore theological – including more broadly religious and philosophical – themes as they are presented and dramatized in literature and (2) familiarize students with some lesser-known Christian novelists and poets.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the main accomplishments and key works of select literary writers
  • Identify theological themes and allusions in select works of fiction and poetry
  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of engaging with these themes through a literary medium rather than through a medium of formal exposition


  • C.S. Lewis (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe)
  • Evelyn Waugh (Brideshead Revisited)
  • Flannery O’Connor (selections)
  • Caryl Houselander (The Dry Wood)
  • Gerald Manley Hopkins (selections)
  • George Herbert (selections)
  • T.S. Eliot (selections)