The Bloomsbury Reader in Cultural Approaches to the Study of Religion

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Sarah J. Bloesch, Meredith Minister
  • New York, NY: 
    Bloomsbury Academic
    , October
     264 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Andrew Walker-Cornetta forthcoming.


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This is the first reader to gather primary sources from influential theorists of the late 20th and early 21st centuries in one place, presenting the wide-ranging and nuanced theoretical debates occurring in the field of religious studies. Each chapter focuses on a major theorist and contains:

· an introduction contextualizing their key ideas
· one or two selections representative of the theorist's innovative methodological approach(es)
· discussion questions to extend and deepen reader engagement

Divided in three sections, the first part includes foundational comparative debates:
· Mary Douglas's articulation of purity and impurity
· Phyllis Trible's methods of reading sacred texts
· Wendy Doniger's comparative mythology 
· Catherine Bell's reimagining of religious and secular ritual

The second part focuses on methodological particularity: 
· Alice Walker's use of narrative 
· Charles Long's critique of Eurocentricism
· Caroline Walker Bynum's emphasis on gender and materiality

The third section focuses on expanding boundaries:
· Gloria Anzaldúa's work on borders and languages
· Judith Butler's critique of gender and sex norms
· Saba Mahmood's expansion on the critique of colonialism's secularizing demands

Reflecting the cultural turn and extending the existing canon, this is the anthology instructors have been waiting for.

For further detail on the theorists discussed, please consult Cultural Approaches to Studying Religion: An Introduction to Theories and Methods, edited by Sarah J. Bloesch and Meredith Minister.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Sarah J. Bloesch is Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Elon University. Her teaching and research interests focus on Christianity, race and sexuality in the United States.

Meredith Minister is Assistant Professor or Religion at Shenandoah University. She teaches courses in religious studies and gender studies. She is the author of Trinitarian Theology and Power Relations: God Embodied (2014).

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