Locating the Past / Discovering the Present
Perspectives on Religion, Culture, and Marginality
This collection examines the production and recreation of religious ideas and images in different times and locations, achieving a comparative perspective on the transmission of religious influences. The essayists look at contact and conflict between insiders and outsiders, centres and margins, Jews and Christians, Slavs and Greeks, and ancient ritual behaviours and modern television broadcasting, as part of the negotiation of new identity positions, relationships, and accommodations. The book combines the disciplines of literary studies, cultural studies, art history, religion, history, and critical theory, making it an important resource to a range of scholars as well as non-specialists.
About the Authors
"Authors come at the topic of marginality from a number of directions, making use of theories from continental philosophy to historiography. There is explicitly no overarching definition or understanding of 'marginality' as such, meaning that each author grapples with the concept on his/her own terms and in light of his/her own case study. Beyond marginality, authors take up themes that range from subjectivity and agency to memory and orthodoxy. Standout pieces include David Gay's '' 'The Writing on the Wall': Rembrandt, Milton, and Menasseh ben Israel in Ken McMullen's R'' and Eva Maria Räpple's ''The Seductive Serpent.''.... This volume is a good purchase for libraries or institutions." Airen Hall, Syracuse University, The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, Fall 2011 [doi:10.3138/jrpc.23.3.415]
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