RELST 206 / WES 200: Schedule of Readings & Assignments

January 28: Course Introductions, Expectations

Space as a Religious Category

January 30: Introduction to Sacred Space

READING: ELIADE, “Introduction

February 4: Encountering Sacred Space

READING: ELIADE, ch. 1

February 6: Experiencing Sacred Space

READING: ELIADE, ch. 2

February 11: Enduring Sacred Space

READING: ELIADE, ch. 3-4

February 13: Traditional Sacred Spaces?

READING: Williams, “How to Read a Church“; Campo, “American Pilgrimage Landscapes

American Sacred Space

February 18: American Space as Sacred

READING: LANE,”Introduction” & ch. 1-2

February 20: “Historic” American Sacred Spaces, I

READING: LANE, p. 65-131

February 25: “Historic” American Sacred Spaces, II

READING: LANE, p. 131-189

IN-CLASS: Research Mechanics

DUE: “Identification of Location”

February 27: NO CLASS

March 3: NO CLASS

March 5: American Community as Sacred

READING: Caterine, “Monuments of Civil Religion“; Ingersoll, “The Thin Line between Saturday Night and Sunday Morning“; Pike, “Desert Goddesses and Apocalyptic Art

March 10: American Commodity as Sacred

READING: Taylor, “Shopping & Consumption“; Pahl, “Pilgrimage to the Mall of America

IN-CLASS: Research Mechanics

March 12: Pilgrimage to Sacred Space

READING: Mazur & Koda, “The Happiest Place on Earth“; Rigby, “Graceland

March 17: NO CLASS (Spring Break)

March 19: NO CLASS (Spring Break)

March 24: “Imagined” Space as Sacred

READING: O’Leary, “Cyberspace as Sacred Space“; Wagner, “Our Lady of Persistent Liminality

DUE: Annotated Bibliography

March 26: Conflicted Space as Sacred, I

READING: Chidester & Linenthal, “Introduction“; FOOTE, ch.1-3

March 31: Conflicted Space as Sacred, II

READING: FOOTE, ch.4-6

April 2: Conflicted Space as Sacred, III

READING: FOOTE: ch.7-9

April 7: Conflicted Space as Sacred, IV

READING: FOOTE (entire)

IN-CLASS: Research, Rhetoric, & Writing

April 9: NO CLASS (Pesah)

April 14-16: Sacred in a Secular World

READING: BUTIGAN (entire)

DUE (April 14): “Definition” paper

April 21-28: “Sacred Space” presentations

April 30: NO CLASS (Port Day)

Extra Credit opportunity: Port Day extra credit form

May 5: Conclusions

DUE: Port Day extra credit form

May 11: DUE: “Sacred Space” Final Product