Religion and Emotion: Approaches and Interpretations

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John Corrigan
Oxford University Press, May 27, 2004 - Religion - 368 pages
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Over the past decade the academic study of emotion has developed very substantially across a number of disciplines, including religious studies. This anthology is the first collection of recent papers addressing the topic of religion and emotion. The selected pieces-each a foundational essay in this rapidly evolving field-examine attitudes toward and expressions of emotion in a wide range of religious traditions and periods. Among the themes considered are the relation of emotion to moral or religious norms, the role of emotion in faith, religious emotion as a performance of feeling in ritual contexts, and the relation of emotion to religious language. Specific topics examined range from filial emotions and filial values in medieval Korean Buddhism to weeping and spirituality in 16th-century Jewish mysticism. This volume is designed to provide an introduction to recent work in the field and should appeal to both scholars and students of comparative religion, anthropology, and psychology.

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1 Provoked Religious Weeping in Early Modern Spain
Love Joy and Sorrow in a Cult of Black Saints in Gujarat India
Changing Patterns in the Discourse of Filiality in Late Choson Korea
4 The Philosophical Foundations of Sacred Rhetoric
Emotion Metaphor and Memory in Melanesian Initiation Cults
Newar Cultural Representations of Mental Life and the Production of Moral Consciousness
Affective Expression and Moral Discourse
Food as Metaphor and Metonym for Emotion at Mount Govardhan
Substance and Metaphor
10 Weeping Death and Spiritual Ascent in SixteenthCentury Jewish Mysticism
Reading Anger in an Early Medieval Saints Life
Understanding Experiences of Lohorung Rai in Nepal

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John Corrigan is Edwin Scott Gaustad Professor of Religion and Professor of History at Florida State University. Among his many books are Business of the Heart: Religion and Emotion in the Nineteenth Century (2001) and The Prism of Piety: Catholick Congregational Clergy at the Beginning of the Enlightenment (OUP, 1991).

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