Literature as Prophecy Course

Dr. Robert Alexander, a former literature professor at the University of Dallas, serves as a guide to take those who wish to join him through a cathedral made up of pieces of literature. All of these pieces were chosen for their prophetic character. They all reveal Christ at work in the ordinary affairs of our daily lives. Some are pagan or pre-Christian, some medieval (Dante), some modern (Shakespeare), and some coming on the threshold of a post-Christian world (Dostoevsky, Melville, Eliot, Faulkner, and C.S. Lewis). The works arose out of different cultures (Greek, Roman, Italian, English, Russian, and American), but they are universal in character and witness to the central fact of our Catholic faith: that God took on our nature, surrendered himself to a horrible and humiliating death, and invited us to share in his risen life, to enter into what the early church fathers called a theiosis (man being raised so he can share in the divine life of God). The works that we read don’t consist of arguments or statements or ideas. They are living experiences of Christ and the Spirit at work in the world. We are not Protestants; our faith was never intended to leave us only in our heads, understanding and being inspired by Scripture. Christ invites us to enter into his actual life, to be one with It. The course is offered in the hope that it will help people see Christ where ordinarily we don’t see him, to enter more fully, more deeply, into the sacramental life of the Church and especially the Eucharist.

CURRENT TOPICS

Beginning in May 2019, Dr. Alexander returned to the broader Literature as Prophecy course topic. Below are the authors/works he has explored since that time.

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Shakespeare – Midsummer Night’s Dream

Chaucer – The Knight’s Tale

Boethius – Consolation

CATHOLIC & PROTESTANT SOULS 

From September 2018 to May 2019, Dr. Alexander explored what the subtle and not so subtle differences between the Catholic and Protestant faiths are as revealed in Dante’s Divine Comedy and Milton’s Paradise Lost.

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PAST TOPICS

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The Iliad

The Odyssey (Fall 2015)

The Odyssey (Summer 2016)

The Aeneid

The Divine Comedy

Inferno

Purgatorio

Paradiso

Shakespeare

Merchant of Venice

Othello

Hamlet

Winter’s Tale

Moby Dick

William Faulkner

Go Down, Moses

The Sound and The Fury

The Mansion

The Hamlet

The Town

Short Stories

C.S. Lewis

‘Til We Have Faces