LIT 333 . . . NOT REL 333: Jesus as a Literary Event?
Victor E. Taylor
York College of Pennsylvania, US
Victor E. Taylor is the Director of the Institute for Civic Arts and Humanities at York College of Pennsylvania. Christianity, Plasticity, and Spectral Heritages, his forthcoming book, will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017.
The ‘literary Jesus’ is a fluid figure, which means that he is a literary creation not solidified by tradition, orthodoxy, or dogma. Authors from D.H. Lawrence to José Saramago have reshaped, re-contoured, and transformed Jesus into an array of subject positions, with each literary articulation relating to mythology, philosophy, and politics. Teaching Jesus as a literary event allows students to take overly familiar religious discourses and traditional understandings of Jesus and rethink them in terms of other conceptual possibilities, possibilities that open up conversations about the creative literary imagination.