This Literature course will be taught by Dr. Anthony Cirilla, and will run from January 9th through March 18th. The syllabus can be found here.
Author of the hymns “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” and “Earth has Many a Noble City,” Prudentius is best known today in academic circles for the Psychomachia, the first full-form personification allegory. A crucial model for medieval authors working to connect Christian and classical models of narrative and poetics, Prudentius wrote not only hymns of praise but also on original sin, Christology, and against paganism, as well as on martyrs and history. Prudentius asks, “What worthier service can the high-born soul, native of light and heaven, pay, than to chant the gifts she has received, singing of her creator?” We will explore how this foundational writer teaches us to incorporate poetics into faith
Dr. Anthony G. Cirilla is an Associate Professor of English at College of the Ozarks. He is also associate editor of Carmina Philosophiae, the journal of the International Boethius Society. From Western New York, he lives in Missouri with his wife, Camarie, who writes poetry and fairy tales. Anthony serves as an ordained deacon in the United Episcopal Church.
Online only, runs 10 weeks, meeting 2hr/wk. via Zoom. Students will also have the option to participate in class discussion in the Davenant Common Room Discord server. Register now to reserve your spot. The course will proceed contingent on sufficient enrollment; on rare occasions, a class has to be cancelled due to insufficient interest. Once the registration period closes, the class meeting time will be set on the basis of a poll of availability from registrants. In case of cancellation or scheduling conflicts, students will be eligible for a refund or a transfer to another course.
This is a graduate-level course. Although a BA is not a necessary pre-requisite for this course, students should come prepared to do graduate-level work.