Special Issue "Literature and Eco-theology"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2021).
Systematic and philosophical theologians within the Christian tradition are increasingly having recourse to literary texts with which to do creative theological work, while the religious turn in critical and cultural theory has given new impetus to the interdisciplinary field of literature and theology, with increased attention to the religious ideas engaged through literary tropes, genres and modes. While there are a number of journals and books devoted to this intersection, apart from occasional articles or studies of individual writers, little so far has been produced about the manner in which ecological religious thinking is performed and debated in poetry, drama or fiction.
This Special Issue is an attempt to explore this neglected area and invites contributions on any aspect of the topic from any period. The mechanistic scientific revolution of the seventeenth century, for example, sees the development of an oppositional mystical strain in religious nature poetry with a very different understanding of the agency of natural forms. One notable feature of contemporary writing is the new nature writing, poetic and creative in style, which often carries a buried theology. There is also a burgeoning interest in black eco-theology, which is often refracted through fiction or memoir. Another possible approach is to attend to the theological ideas embodied in literary strategies in writings of natural philosophy or scientific writing.
While the academic field of religion and literature has been primarily concentrated within Christianity, we invite submissions from any religious tradition. Sufi and Hindu explorations of the sacrality of nature, for example, have often been embodied in literary form.
Although there are journals which concentrate on the cultural dimensions of ecological religious thought and practice, this is from an anthropological and social scientific perspective. This Special Issue offers an opportunity to attend to works of human creativity where theology is truly enacted and our relation to other creatures reimagined freshly.
Prof. Alison Milbank
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- natural philosophy