Special Issue "Religious Texts and Interpretations"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 21 June 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Signe Cohen

Religious Studies, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211, Missouri, USA
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Interests: Hinduism, Buddhism, Upanishads, premodern automata

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Vernon K. Robbins’ seminal book Exploring the Texture of Texts: A Guide to Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation (1996) called for scholars of sacred texts to pay more heed to the text’s different “textures”: its word choice, aesthetics, social and material context, its cultural orientations, the writer’s and readers’ biases, opinions, and preferences, as well as its “sacred texture” or its exploration of the relationship between humans and the divine. Contemporary scholarship on sacred texts is informed by this renewed attention to the text’s multiple “textures”, as well as more recent considerations of the role of the scholarly interpreter vis-à-vis the text (see Leela Gandhi’s crucial book Postcolonial Theory (1998) and Laurie L. Patton’s (2000) article “Fire, the Kali Yuga, and Textual Reading”).

This comparative volume attempts to outline a contemporary hermeneutic of sacred texts, with particular attention to innovative scholarship that challenges traditional modes of interpretation by reading texts “against the grain” or by pushing the very boundaries of the category of “religious texts” to include, for example, oral narratives, women’s songs, comic books, fantasy literature, or rap lyrics.

Prof. Dr. Signe Cohen
Guest Editor

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  • hermenutics
  • text
  • textual intepretation

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