Performing the Problem of Suffering: The Book of Job and the Arts

University Liberal Arts: University Lecture Program

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Performing Suffering: Job

Fall 2021

Taught By: Mark Larrimore

Section: L

CRN: 11686

Credits: 0

This course reflects on the power and role of the arts as responses to the religious claims of human suffering by engaging the Book of Job as a template for performance of the problem. Often seen as the biblical traditions’ answer to the problems of evil and suffering, Job in fact challenges facile pieties of all kinds. Cherished by believers and skeptics alike, it has been adapted by artists in a wide range of times and contexts. Ritual, dramatic, and other enactments will be considered, including ancient liturgies, William Blake’s cycle of Illustrations of the Book of Job, Archibald MacLeish’s J.B, Joni Mitchell’s “Sire of Sorrow,” Anna Ruth Henriques’ The Book of Mechtilde, the Coen Brothers’ “A Serious Man,” Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life,” the community Job performances of Outside the Wire and Diane Glancy’s Island of the Innocent. This tradition will also be contrasted with other responses to the problem of suffering such as the Buddhist parable of the poisoned arrow, Shakespeare’s King Lear, Lee Daniels’ “Precious” and Yu Hua’s To Live. This ULEC is in category 3, Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Arts and Humanities.]

Note: Students must register for both the lecture and discussion section of this course. The lecture meeting of this course will be delivered online at the time listed in this catalog entry. All discussion sections are scheduled to be delivered in-person and on campus.

College: University Liberal Arts (UL)

Department: University Lecture Program (ULIB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Max Enrollment: 50

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 8:36pm 12/8/2021 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 10:15am - 11:30am

Building: Online Course

Room: 999

Date Range: 9/1/2021 - 12/8/2021