traCy fessenden ArizonaStateUniversity Whatever else it may bring in the way of scholarly havoc or pleasure, the so-called religious turn in literary studies, as Justine S. Murison and Jordan Alexander Stein identify it here, has made people like me feel at home where we might otherwise have felt ourselves trespassing, because religion types and literature types now have a way of showing up in the same places. In a packed conference room at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion last November in Chicago, for example, a panel of literature scholars convened around the topic of the post-secular in American fiction. I sat in the audience with a good friend, a distinguished scholar of American Jewish history and culture who teaches, as I do, in a department of religious studies. In the session's lively Q and A the panelists expertly parried a question from a fellow literature scholar about the uses each had made of the methodology of religious studies. "Jesus," my friend said under her breath, impressed. "They think we have a methodology." Those who come to religious studies, as I have, from another discipline (I started in English) or who branch into other fields
Early American Literature – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Mar 20, 2010
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