Each essay in this Companion examines one or more literary texts and a religious tradition to illustrate how we can understand both literature and religion better by looking at them in tandem. Unlike most literature and religion books, which tend to focus on Christianity and take a highly theoretical approach inappropriate for non-specialists, The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Religion offers an accessible treatment of both Dharmic and Abrahamic traditions. It provides close readings of texts rather than surveys of large topics, making it an ideal resource for undergraduate and graduate students of literature and religion.
Susan M. Felch is Director of the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship and Professor of English at Calvin College, Michigan. Her publications include The Collected Works of Anne Vaughan Lock (1999), Bakhtin and Religion: A Feeling for Faith (coedited with Paul Contino, 2001), The Emmaus Readers (coedited with Gary Schmidt, 2002-9), and Elizabeth Tyrwhit's Morning and Evening Prayers (2008), for which she won the Josephine A. Roberts Scholarly Edition Award. Her Elizabeth I and her Age (coedited with Donald Stump, 2009) won the Teaching Edition Award from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women.
Introduction Susan M. Felch; Part I. Reading Practices: 1. Theological reading Rowan Williams; 2. Confessional reading James Matthew Wilson; 3. Postsecular reading Zhange Ni; Part II. Intersections: 4. Ethics Susan M. Felch; 5. Dwelling Julia Reinhard Lupton; 6. Imagination Matthew Potts; 7. Sacrifice Michon M. Matthiesen; 8. Repetition Susannah Monta; Part III. Faith Traditions: 9. Hinduism Cleo Kearns; 10. Buddhism Richard K. Payne; 11. Judaism Susan Handelman; 12. Eastern Orthodoxy Lori Branch and Ioana Patuleanu; 13. Roman Catholicism Paul J. Contino; 14. Islam Mustansir Mir; 15. Protestantism Willie James Jennings; 16. World Christianity Susan VanZanten.