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Larry D. Bouchard

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Religious Studies
Office location and address
Gibson Hall, S-352
1540 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
BA, Texas Christian University
MA, University of Chicago
PhD, University of Chicago
RELG 2190: Religion and Modern Fiction
Credits: 3
Studies religious meanings in modern literature, emphasizing faith and doubt, evil and absurdity, and wholeness and transcendence in both secular fiction and fiction written from traditional religious perspectives.
RELG 3255: Ethics, Literature, and Religion
Credits: 3
Explores how ethical issues in religious traditions and cultural narratives are addressed in literature, scripture, essay, and memoir. How do stories inquire into "the good life"? How may moral principles and virtues be "tested" by fiction? How does narrative shape identity, mediate universality and particularity, reflect beliefs and values in conflict, and depict suffering?
RELG 3600: Religion and Modern Theatre
Credits: 3
Examines the works of several playwrights, some of whom dramatize explicitly religious themes or subjects, and others who are predominantly concerned with secular situations and contexts that imply religious questions and issues.
RELS 4995: Independent Research
Credits: 1–6
Systematic readings in a selected topic under detailed supervision. Prerequisite: Permission of departmental advisor and instructor.
RELG 5070: Interpretation Theory
Credits: 3
Analyzes existentialist, phenomenological, structuralist, literary, historical, and psychological approaches to the interpretation of texts, especially narrative religious texts; and the interactions of language, history, and understanding.
RELG 5559: New Course in Religion
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject of general religion.
RELC 5559: New Course in Christianity
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject of Christianity
RELG 5630: Seminar: Issues in the Study of Religion and Literature
Credits: 3
Analyzes, in terms of fundamental theory, the purposes, problems, and possibilities of interdisciplinary work in religion and literary criticism.
RELC 5730: Theological Interpretations of Culture
Credits: 3
Theological assessments of culture, considered as the human-made environment comprising: language and patterns of living; structures of belief, norms, and practices; and forms of work, thought, and expression. Topics include cultures as contexts for identity, secular experience and secularization, critiques of religion as an aspect of culture, cultural conflict and religious plurality, and theological interpretations of culture and nature.
ENGL 5830: Introduction to World Religions, World Literatures
Credits: 3
An interdisciplinary course that includes the following elements: studies in the textual traditions of particular religions; studies in literary theory; studies in literary traditions; the application of literary theory to studies in religious text traditions; and the application of the history of religions to the study of literary canons.
RELG 5850: Narrative in Ethics and Theology
Credits: 3
Examines the nature of narrative modes of representation and argument, and how narrative theory has been employed in contemporary ethics and religious thought.
RELC 5970: Schleiermacher and Tillich: Theology and Culture
Credits: 3
A comparative study of key works by F. D. E. Schleiermacher and Paul Tillich, two of the most important Protestant thinkers of the last two hundred years. The course attends particularly to both authors' attitudes to the category of "religion," the nature and meaning of cultural production, and the vexed category of "experience." It also engages both authors' perspectives on central issues in the fields of Christian thought and religious ethics.
RELG 8000: Negativity and the Religious Imagination
Credits: 3
Examines ways in which tragedy (and other forms of imaginative literature), scripture and theology, and hermeneutics and criticism portray and reflect on aspects of suffering and evil.
RELG 8708: Tutorial in Ethics and Literature
Credits: 3
We will explore the narrative dimensions of ethical thought and expression and the ethical questions raised by particular literary texts, including how we make ethical decisions, what it means to be a good person and live a good life, how we should live with and respond to those around us, what visions of the world we should cultivate and seek to realize, and what responses we might develop to life's sufferings and the fact of our mortality.
RELG 8713: Tutorial on Aesthetic, Hermeneutic, and Ethical Experience in Melville
Credits: 3
This tutorial seminar explores linkages in how Moby-Dick represents characters engaged in activities of 1) giving rapt attention to perceptible phenomena; 2) of interpreting such phenomena; and 3) of recognizing ethical responsibility. Approaches include phenomenological and religious aesthetics, philosophical hermeneutics, post-structuralism, and narrative ethics. The main seminar activity is to produce close readings of Melville.
RELG 8727: Tutorial on Hermeneutics and the Study of Religions
Credits: 3
This tutorial explores the "philosophical hermeneutics" paradigm in critical theory, represented by figures such as Schleiermacher, Dilthey, Gadamer, and Ricoeur and invites evaluation of third paradigm in the context of the study of religions.
RELS 8995: Research
Credits: 1–12
Systematic readings in a selected topic under detailed supervision.
RELS 8998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.
RELS 8999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
RELS 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
RELS 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.