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Title: Readings in the Theory of Religion: Map, Text, Body
Author: Elliott, Scott S
Additional Authors or Contributors: Matthew Waggoner (eds)
Publisher: Acumen Publishing; Publication Date: 2010
Paperback; ISBN: 9781904768814
Volumes: 1; Pages: 368
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Readings in the Theory of Religion is an interdisciplinary Religious Studies resource for graduate and advanced undergraduate students. Readers will encounter the rare grouping of breakthrough texts by Wilfred Cantwell Smith and Jonathan Z. Smith in Religious Studies, alongside classic essays by Walter Benjamin, Roland Barthes, and Joan Wallach Scott in literary and cultural theory. Historically significant interventions such as those just named are accompanied by examples of recent, theoretically-informed research by scholars like Saba Mahmood, Tomoko Masuzawa, and Steven Moore. Readers are provided with the tools to become familiar with crucial theoretical debates in Religious Studies and related fields in the humanities and social sciences, and with models of contemporary writing that successfully approach the study of religion in savvy ways. Its three sections, "Map", "Text", and "Body", speak to diverse methods, specialties, and emphases within the study of religion: the study of text and textuality, the study of ritual, the body, gender and sexuality, religion and race, religion and colonialism, and methodological and theoretical issues in the study of religion. As an introduction to theoretical and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of religion, Readings in the Theory of Religion is an indispensable starting point.
Part One: Map
Preface by Matthew Waggoner
1. Wilfred Cantwell Smith, "Religion in the West"
2. Talal Asad, "Genealogies of Religion"
3. David Chidester, "Frontiers of Comparison"
4. George Fredrickson, "Religion and the Invention of Racism"
5. Jonathan Z. Smith, "Map is not Territory"
Part Two: Text
Preface by Gary Phillips, Wabash College
1. Walter Benjamin, "The Task of the Translator"
2. Roland Barthes, "The Death of the Author"
3. Jonathan Z. Smith, "Sacred Persistence: Toward a Redescription of Canon"
4. Tomoko Masuzawa, "Original Lost: An Image of Myth and Ritual in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction"
5. George Aichele, "The Imperial Bible"
Part Three: Body
Preface by Amy Hollywood, Harvard Divinity School
1. Saba Mahmood, "Feminist Theory, Embodiment, and the Docile Agent"
2. Joan Wallach Scott, "Experience"
3. Daniel Boyarin and Elizabeth Castelli, "Introduction: Foucault's The History of Sexuality: The Fourth Volume, or, A Field Left Fallow for Others To Till"
4. Stephen Moore, "Sex and the Single Apostle"
5. Daniel Boyarin and Jonathan Boyarin, "Diaspora: Generation and the Ground of Jewish Identity"
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