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

Spring 2020

Taught By: Mark Larrimore

Section: L

CRN: 7244

Credits: 0

In this course, we will reflect on the power and role of the arts as responses to the claims of human suffering, by engaging the Book of Job as a template for performance of the problem. The Book of Job, often seen as the biblical traditions’ answer to the problems of evil and suffering, challenges facile pieties in ways cherished by believers and skeptics alike, and adapted by artists in a wide range of times and contexts. Ritual, dramatic, and other narrative enactments will be considered, including ancient liturgies, medieval morality plays, William Blake’s cycle of “Illustrations of the Book of Job,” Archibald MacLeish’s “J.B.: A Play in Verse,” songs by Joni Mitchell, Anna Ruth Henriques’ “The Book of Mechtilde,” the Coen Brothers’ “A Serious Man,” Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life,” and the community performances of Outside the Wire.

Students must register for both the lecture and discussion section of this course.

College: University Liberal Arts (UL)

Department: University Lecture Program (ULIB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Max Enrollment: 50

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment 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: 1:41pm 8/25/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 10:15am - 11:30am

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/22/2020 - 5/6/2020