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The Routledge Companion to Literature and Religion

1st Edition

Edited by Mark Knight

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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.

Reviews

"The most striking aspect of The Routledge Companion to Literature and Religion is its willingness to take seriously the distinctiveness of the faith traditions and theologies that it discusses […] Readers new to this conversation might be surprised by what they ?nd here; for those already involved, this book o?ers a signi?cant opportunity to re?ect on the range of our current conversations and on the directions in which they might move next."

- Simon Marsden, The Glass

Table of Contents

Introduction Religion, Literature, and the Art of Conversation

Mark Knight

Part I THE MODERN STORY OF LITERATURE AND RELIGION

1 The Inward Turn: The Role of Matthew Arnold,

Joshua King

2 Religion and the Rise of English Studies

Dayton Haskin

3 Modernism and Religion

Anthony Domestico

4 The Influence and Limits of the Inklings

Trevor Hart

5 Modern Debates: Christianity and Literature, Literature and Theology and Religion and Literature

Matthias Bauer and Angelika Zirker

6 9/11 and its Literary-Religious Aftermaths

Mark Eaton

7 The Return to Religion: Secularization and its Discontents

Devorah Baum

Part II THEORY

8 Postsecular Studies

Lori Branch

9 The Importance of Philosophical Hermeneutics for Literature and Religion

Jens Zimmermann

10 Reception

Duc Dau

11 Political Theology

Jared Hickman

12 Phenomenology

Kevin Hart

13 Paul Among the Theorists: A Genealogy of the New Universalism

William Franke

14 The Aesthetics of Simplicity

Jo Carruthers

Part III FORM AND GENRE

15 Theological Writing: How to Write a Theological Sentence

Stanley Hauerwas

16 Rue Saint-Augustin: The Remembering of God

John Schad

17 Epic

Peter S. Hawkins

18 Religion and Literary Tragedy: King Lear and the Problem of Evil,

Ben Saunders

19 Wes Anderson’s Messianic Elegies

Emma Mason

20 Comedy, Levity and Laughter: Parables of Agape

Gavin Hopps

21 Gothic Fiction and "belief in every kind of prodigy"

Deidre Shauna Lynch

22 The Bible and the Realist Novel

Jan-Melissa Schramm

Part IV THE LITERARY AFTERLIVES OF SACRED TEXTS AND TRADITIONS

23 Hosting the Divine Logos: Radical Hospitality and Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment

Valentina Izmirlieva

24 "Found in Every Room": Victorian Devotional Literature

Krista Lysack

25 The Bhagavad Gītā in American Transcendentalism

Alan Hodder

26 The "Problem" of Buddhism for Western Literature: Edwin Arnold to Jack Kerouac

James Najarian

27 Midrash in Twentieth Century Jewish American Literature

Lesleigh Cushing Stahlberg

28 The Challenges of Re-writing Sacred Texts: The Case of Twenty-First Century Gospel Narratives

Andrew Tate

29 The Authority of Sacred Texts in Science Fiction

James H. Thrall

30 Apocalyptic Narration: The Qur’an in Contemporary Arabic Fiction

Ziad Elmarsafy

Part V THE POLITICS OF LITERATURE AND RELIGION

31 Judaism and National Identity in Medieval England

Samantha Zacher

32 Hospitality as a Virtue in The Winter’s Tale

John D. Cox

33 "Oh, let that last will stand!": Reading Religion in Donne’s Holy Sonnets

Susannah Brietz Monta

34 The Life of a Christian Saint: The Biography of Fannie McCray, Born and Raised A Slave

Yolanda Pierce

35 Religious Pluralism and the Beats

Luke Ferretter

36 From Roshi to Rashi: Leonard Cohen’s Interfaith Dialogue

Peter Jaeger

37 Reconciliation in South Africa: World Literature, Global Christianity, Global Capital

Colin Jager

38 Imagining Islamism: Representations of Fundamentalism in the Twenty-First Century Arabic Novel

Arthur Bradley & Abir Hamdar

About the Editor

Mark Knight is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Literature Companions

Field-defining volumes in new and exciting areas of literary studies. These volumes are ideal introductions for beginners, or handy volumes for those already working in the field: summarising current scholarship, whilst pushing the boundaries of emerging trends they are must-have collections.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General