20 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: It is impossible to make sense of our world of pandemics, the climate crisis, economic instability, and violent, divisive rhetoric without an understanding of apocalyptic literature. While recent contributions to apocalyptic literature, such as McCarthy¿s The Road, are far ranging in their examination of what the end of the world looks and feels like, they all have their origins in ancient notions of catastrophic ends and the hope for a new beginning. This module will explore the apocalypse¿s origins in texts left out of the Biblical canon, such as the Dead Sea Scrolls, as well as those that are more well known, such as Revelation. Students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge about apocalypses to their own choice of text.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Classroom testing

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK