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Grace and the Grotesque
Groups and Texts ("Path 2")

Path 2 Groups and Texts


"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for
and certain of what we do not see."
(Hebrews 11:1)

topical groupings / student groupings

Topical Groupings [links for poems, short stories, & films lead to helpful study questions]



A Few Relevant Bible Passages
Short Stories
(Flannery O'Connor)
Poems
(Elizabeth Barrett Browning & Robert Browning)
Paintings
(Salvador Dalí)
Films
(Lars von Trier)
Group 1: Fear
  • Proverbs 1:7, 9:10
  • Psalms 33:8
  • John 14:27
  • Philippians 4:6-7
  • 1 John 4:18

"A Circle in the Fire" (1953), 232-51

 

Dancer in the Dark  (2000) / watch on YouTube

 

Group 2: Pride
  • Proverbs 29:23
  • Romans 12:16
  • Galatians 6:4
  • Philippians 2:3
  • James 4:10

"A Late Encounter with the Enemy" (1953), 252-62

Europa
(1991) / free streaming on Kanopy

 

Group 3: Death
  • Leviticus 3:1-17
  • Psalm 106
  • Lamentations 2
  • Acts 5:1-11
  • John 15:13
  • John 19-20

"The River" (1955), 154-71

Epidemic (1987) / on reserve in library / watch for free on TinyZone

Group 4: Betrayal
  • Exodus 20:16
  • 2 Samuel 13:13-39
  • Matthew 26:14-25, 27:1-10
  • Colossians 3:8-10
  • Judges 16

"A View of the Woods" (1956), 525-46

Antichrist
(2009) / watch online  [warning: horrifying violence & graphic sexual content]

Group 5: Eros
  • Genesis 2:24-25
  • Proverbs 5:18-19
  • Song of Songs 1:1-17
  • I Corinthians 1:2-5, 8-9
  • I Corinthians 13: 4-7

"Parker's Back" (1965), 655-75

 

The Element of Crime (1884), watch w/ 14-day free trial at Criterion Channel

Group 6: Sex
  • Song of Songs 4-7
  • Mark 10:6-9
  • I Corinthians 6:15-20
  • I Corinthians 7:1-9
  • Hebrews 13:4
"The Comforts of Home" (1960), 573-94

The Idiots
(1998) / rent thru amazon.co.uk [warning: very graphic sexual content]

 

Group 7: Family
  • Exodus 20:12
  • Deuteronomy 6:6-9
  • Galatians 3:26-29
  • Ephesians 6:1-4
  • I Timothy 5:8

"Everything that Rises Must Converge" (1961), 485-500

 

 

Melancholia
(2011) / rent at amazon

Group 8: Parenting
  • Exodus 20:12
  • Deuteronomy 6:6-9
  • Psalms 139:13-18
  • Proverbs: 23:13-14
  • I Thessalonians 2:11

"The Enduring Chill" (1958; 1965),
547-72

Medea
(1988) / watch on YouTube

Group 9: Siblings [GRP OPTION NOT AVAILABLE IN FALL 2020]
  • Genesis 4:1-15
  • Genesis 25:19-34, 27:1-41
  • Samuel 13:1-29
  • Matthew 5:22-24
  • Luke 10:38-42

"Greenleaf" (1956), 501-24

[GRP OPTION NOT AVAILABLE IN FALL 2020]

 

[GRP OPTION NOT AVAILABLE IN FALL 2020]

Group 10: Community
  • Leviticus 19:33-34
  • Deuteronomy 20:10-20
  • Psalms 106:6-48
  • Matthew 10:5-14
  • Hebrews 13:1-3

"The Displaced Person" (1955),
285-327

The Five Obstructions (2003) / free streaming on Kanopy / [non-fiction]

Group 11: Prejudice
  • Genesis 1:27
  • Acts 10:9-43
  • Galatians 3:25-29
  • Colossians 3:11
  • James 2:1-17

"The Artificial Nigger" (1955), 210-31

The Kingdom
(1994) / season one: 4 episodes / free streaming on Kanopy and on reserve in library
Group 12: Disability
  • Deuteronomy 27:18
  • 2 Samuel 4:4 & 9:1-13
  • Isaiah 35:1-8
  • John 9:1-41
  • Mark 7:31-34

"The Life You Save May Be Your Own" (1953),
172-83

Nymphomaniac (2013) / vols. 1 & 2 / rent thru amazon  [warning: very graphic sexual content]


Student Groupings



sec 01
(12-2 p.m.)
sec 02 
(2-4 p.m.)
Group 1: Fear
Dale Moss
Genesis Lopez
Lawrence Borba
Martin Jiang
Alex Catlett
Kyle Luk
Group 2: Pride
Michaela Kwan
David Corona-Peraless
Luke Nydam
Justin Lego
Destiny Calderon
Carolina Van Keulen
Group 3: Death
Fern Stuart
Dalton Stuhr
Mariah Fernandez

Luke Imai
Andrew Moon
Group 4: Betrayal
David Aguilar
Jordan Cuellar
Cristina Tognotti
 
Group 5: Eros
Ellie Warren
Matthew Nielsen
Asa Cusick
Abby Austin
Nick Dion
Faith Sharp
Jenny Galoyan
Group 6: Sex
  Sandra Diaz
Alissa Mullin
Talulla Wray-Steigman
Group 7: Family
Andrew De La Vega
Vivianna Vasquez
Margot Chesnut
Garrett Brown
Carolyn Gronowski
Hailey Carillo
Group 8: Parenting
Carson Barnes
Brooke Williams
Valorie Wolf

Group 9: Siblings [NOT AN OPTION]
   
Group 10: Community
Emily Demler
Jacob de Jong
Griffen Kroes
Alexandra Scovil
Karenna Case
Sage Kaplan
Group 11: Prejudice
  Ashley Del Core
Ethan Lee
Chloe Yousling
Group 12: Disability
Heather Dixson
Chad Campbell
 



"The Vertebrated Cavern, Series of Decals" (1936)
series of decals, gouache on black paper
Salvador Dalí


Dr. Paul Marchbanks
pmarchba@calpoly.edu