Reading Spiritualities: Constructing and Representing the Sacred

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Dawn Llewellyn, Deborah F. Sawyer
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2008 - Religion - 254 pages
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The phenomenon of sacred text has undergone radical deconstruction in recent times, reflecting how religion has broken out of its traditional definitions and practices, and how current literary theories have influenced texts inside the religious domain and beyond. Reading Spiritualities presents both commentary and vivid examples of this evolution, engaging with a variety of reading practices that work with traditional texts and those that extend the notion of 'text' itself. The contributors draw on a range of textual sites such as an interview, Caribbean literature, drama and jazz, women's writings, emerging church blogs, Neo-pagan websites, the reading practices of Buddhist nuns, empirical studies on the reading experiences of Gujarati, Christian and post-Christian women, Chicana short stories, the mosque, cinema, modern art and literature.
  

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Contents

Spiritual Joumeys
13
A Theological Conversation
27
A Jazz Inspired Approach to Undertaking
51
Authority
67
Literature Theology and Feminism
85
The Desire for Interactivity and the Emerging Texts of
99
Readers and Texts
117
A Text for Respectable Women?
135
Accessing the Spiritual
173
Mythopoesis on Neopagan Websites
189
Burgess Zeffirelli and Jesus the Man of Nazareth
205
Do Not Hide Your Face From
223
Index
239
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