His Dark Materials: An Analysis of the Trilogy by Philip Pullman
B. Jill Carroll, PhD
Four Tuesdays, 5:45 - 7:15 pm
Sept 11 - Oct 2
$90 ($80 Jung Center members)
What sense does religion make in the 21st century? Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials, one of the most influential and widely acclaimed works in young adult fiction, attempts a postmodern retelling, and undoing, of Milton's Paradise Lost. Pullman offers readers a story of high adventure, sophisticated imagination, and substantial theological and philosophical reflection. The trilogy, and the related film The Golden Compass, has impacted a whole generation of young adults. In this short course, we will use Pullman's text to illuminate critical contemporary literary, philosophical, and theological questions.
Required reading: His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman.
B. Jill Carroll, PhD, is a freelance writer and scholar in religious studies. She worked until 2009 as an adjunct associate professor in religious studies at Rice University, where she also directed the Boniuk Center for Religious Tolerance for five years. She is the author of The Savage Side: Reclaiming Violent Models of God and A Dialogue of Civilizations: Gulen's Islamic Ideals and Humanistic Discourse. Her website is jillcarroll.com.