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Teaching Religion and Literature

1st Edition

Edited by Daniel Boscaljon, Alan Levinovitz

Routledge

196 pages

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Teaching Religion and Literature provides a practical engagement with the pedagogical possibilities of teaching religion courses using literature, teaching literature classes using religion, and teaching Religion and Literature as a discipline. Featuring chapters written by award winning teachers from a variety of institutional settings, the book gives anyone interested in providing interdisciplinary education a set of questions, resources, and tools that will deepen a classroom’s engagement with the field. Chapters are grounded in specific texts and religious questions but are oriented toward engaging general pedagogical issues that allow each chapter to improve any instructor’s engagement with interdisciplinary education. The book offers resources to instructors new to teaching Religion and Literature and provides definitions of what the field means from senior scholars in the field. Featuring a wide range of religious traditions, genres, and approaches, the book also provides an innovative glimpse at emerging possibilities for the sub-discipline.

Reviews

"A timely collection of essays reckoning the historical spirit and future relevance of religion and literature, considerations offered with perspectives both limber in style and widely ranging in reach." --David Scott Arnold, Oregon State University

Table of Contents

List of Contributors

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Teaching Religion and Literature

DANIEL BOSCALJON AND ALAN LEVINOVITZ

PART I

Foundational Approaches to Religion and Literature

1 Teaching "Religion and Literature" Contextually

WESLEY A. KORT

2 Teaching the Bible and Literature

DAVID JASPER

3 Pedagogies of Religion and Literature, Or Writing the "And": Nathan Scott, Paul Ricoeur, Jacques Derrida

RICHARD A. ROSENGARTEN

4 Openings and Closures in Religion and Literature: Heart of Darkness or Demian, Life of Pi or Something New

LARRY D. BOUCHARD

PART II

Illuminating Religious Cultures with Literature

5 Surrender to God, Surrender to Love: Teaching Islam through the Poetry of Jalaluddin Rumi

DANIELLE WIDMANN ABRAHAM

6 Using Fiction to "Explain" the Daoist Zhuang Zi

ALAN LEVINOVITZ

7 Redeeming the Human Reality: Teaching African American Religion and Literature

KIMBERLY RAE CONNOR

8 Science Fiction and the Religious Imagination: A Pedagogical Approach

JENNIFER ARDEN STONE

PART III

Thematic Approaches to Religion and Literature

9 Opening the Secular: Teaching Religion and Culture through Fiction

DANIEL BOSCALJON

10 Interrogating Faith: Using Literature to Teach Religion and Nature

NANCY MENNING

11 Contesting and Contextualizing Islam in America: Teaching Three Cups of Tea

MICHAEL BALTUTIS

12 Religion and the Self: Life Writing as a Literary Form and Religious Practice

JOHN D. BARBOUR

PART IV

Three Approaches to Teaching Siddhartha

13 Through a Buddhist Lens: Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha

CATHERINE BENTON

14 Love and Apotheosis in Hesse’s Siddhartha

PAUL FISCHER

15 Literature, Learning and Liberation: Teaching Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha

PETER ROBERTS

Index

About the Editors

Daniel Boscaljon is the author of Vigilant Faith, editor of Resisting the Place of Belonging and Hope and the Longing for Utopia, and author of several articles. He has taught several courses in theology, literature, philosophy, and interdisciplinary humanities as contingent faculty in the Midwest.

Alan Levinovitz is associate professor of religious studies at James Madison University. He focuses on classical Chinese philosophy, religion and literature, and religion and medicine. He authored The Limits of Religious Tolerance and several journal articles. His journalism has appeared in Wired, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Vox, Slate, and elsewhere.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU029050
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Arts & Humanities
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT020000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Comparative Literature
LIT025040
LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / Religion
REL000000
RELIGION / General