Monday, July 16
Next week we'll begin our unit on Neil Gaiman's American Gods. For Monday we'll read a solid chunk of this novel, along with excerpts from Eliade's The Sacred and the Profane, a classic text in religious studies scholarship.
Eliade, The Sacred and the Profane (excerpts)
Read Eliade first, and give him some time. Eliade was a comparative thinker, meaning that he gathered a large variety of accounts about indigenous religions and looked for commonalities. His examples are often fun and interesting, and his conclusions are thought provoking. His theory of sacred space also directly ties to Gaiman's text.
Gaiman, American Gods, 1-154
This first chunk of American Gods may seem like a lot, but it is a fast and fun read. A lot of strange characters will be introduced in these pages, but they're all coming back. Gaiman doesn't waste any plot elements in this book.
RP2 due Monday
The second response paper is also due Monday, on the following prompt:
Describe Eliade's theory of "sacred space." What are some characteristics of sacred space, and how is it made and maintained? What is an "axis mundi?"
Looking forward to your comments below!