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The Routledge Companion to Literature and Religion

Edited by: Mark Knight

Print publication date:  May  2016
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415834056
eBook ISBN: 9780203498910
Adobe ISBN: 9781135051105

10.4324/9780203498910
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This unique and comprehensive volume looks at the study of literature and religion from a contemporary critical perspective. Including discussion of global literature and world religions, this Companion looks at:

  • Key moments in the story of religion and literary studies from Matthew Arnold through to the impact of 9/11
  • A variety of theoretical approaches to the study of religion and literature
  • Different ways that religion and literature are connected from overtly religious writing, to subtle religious readings
  • Analysis of key sacred texts and the way they have been studied, re-written, and questioned by literature
  • Political implications of work on religion and literature

Thoroughly introduced and contextualised, this volume is an engaging introduction to this huge and complex field.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The Inward Turn Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Religion and the Rise of English Studies Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Modernism and Religion Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The Influence and Limits of the Inklings Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Modern Debates Download PDF
Chapter  7:  9/11 and its Literary– Religious Aftermaths Download PDF
Chapter  8:  The Return of Religion Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Postsecular Studies Download PDF
Chapter  10:  The Importance of Philosophical Hermeneutics For Literature and Religion Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Reception  Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Political Theology Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Phenomenology Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Paul Among the Theorists Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The Aesthetics of Simplicity Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Theological Writing Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Rue Saint-Augustin Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Epic Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Religion and Literary Tragedy Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Wes Anderson’s Messianic Elegies Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Comedy, Levity, and Laughter Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Gothic Fiction and “Belief in Every kind of Prodigy” Download PDF
Chapter  23:  The Bible and the Realist Novel Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Hosting the Divine Logos Download PDF
Chapter  25:  “Found in Every Room” Download PDF
Chapter  26:  The Bhagavad Gītā in American Transcendentalism Download PDF
Chapter  27:  The “Problem” of Buddhism for Western Literature Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Midrash in Twentieth-Century Jewish American Literature Download PDF
Chapter  29:  The Challenges of Re-Writing Sacred Texts Download PDF
Chapter  30:  The Authority of Sacred Texts in Science Fiction  Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Apocalyptic Narration Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Judaism and National Identity in Medieval England Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Hospitality as a Virtue in The Winter’s Tale  Download PDF
Chapter  34:  “Oh Lett that Last will Stand” Download PDF
Chapter  35:  The Life of a Christian Saint Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Religious Pluralism and the Beats Download PDF
Chapter  37:  From Roshi to Rashi Download PDF
Chapter  38:  Reconciliation in South Africa Download PDF
Chapter  39:  Imagining Islamism Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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