ERIC Number: ED326870
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Comparative Narrative: Jesus across the Centuries.
Fuller, Lawrence B.
An honors seminar at Bloomsburg University (Pennsylvania) investigated the story of Jesus as it has evolved in different media over nearly two millennia. Initially the students studied two gospels with contrasting versions of the life of Jesus, in order to explore the process whereby oral material is transcribed into written form by different authors with different purposes for different audiences. The next stage of the course examined late medieval drama. Of special concern were the strategies script writers used to adapt the story of Jesus to the local language and customs for an essentially illiterate audience. Italian Renaissance art was the next focus of the seminar. Decorative art and iconology revealed how painters often depicted several episodes of the same story in a single picture and how muralists dealt with the problem that narrative moves across time while visual art captures a precise moment. The next area examined was Baroque oratorio. Students listened to recordings and learned how the composers used tones, rhythms, keys, instrumentation, and voices to present the Jesus story in a highly emotional way. The final segment of the course examined contemporary renderings of the life of Christ in narrative and film. Guest lecturers and professors of English, art, music, film, and media participated throughout the seminar. The study of the story of Jesus culminated with an independent study project and a field trip to tour Washington National Cathedral and attend a service there. (Twenty references are attached.) (KEH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Bloomsburg University PA; Iconology; Jesus Christ
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (80th, Atlanta, GA, November 16-21, 1990).