Into/Out of Egypt: Biblical Narratives and Popular Culture

Trinity College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Into/Out of Egypt: Biblical Narratives and Popular Culture

  • Host University

    Trinity College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Literature, Middle Eastern Studies, Religion

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course considers the use of Biblical narrative in the cinema and popular novels, examining how the presentation of the Biblical material differs in each case and how that presentation reflects the time-period, religious and political views of the films and novels directors and authors. It focuses on the representation of the narrative material on Israel in Egypt and the Exodus examining such issues as differing constructions of ethnicity, gender and sexuality; the use of Egypt as a political symbol and the effect of genre on the presentation of the base narrative. This modules allows the students to recognise the importance of Biblical material in Western popular culture and to see how the popular presentation of Biblical narratives reflects back on a reader's understanding of the material found in the Bible. Each week, one or more films/novels are discussed in student led-seminars and then group discussions supplemented by short lectures.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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