Special Issue "Holding the Center: Religiously Motivated Habitations of Contested Spaces"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 5 May 2019
We find ourselves confronted by a world where political isolation and nationalism compete with the free movement of ideas and peoples. Yet, such an opposition is only one example of the extremisms that threaten moderation, place individuals in conflict with themselves or others, or create choices of desperation. While the tensions of our moment are not entirely new, our own experience of them is powerfully shaped by the current forces of evocative literary genres. We have seen the rise of the apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic setting, the irruption of the undead, the grotesque, and the monstrous into everyday experience, the human penetration of the virtual and the rise of the trans-human, and the domestication of the magical, fantastical, and scientific. Not only do these genres bend, blend, and interpenetrate one another, but lines have blurred too between the Young Adult and the Adult, between "serious" fiction and the detective, fantasy, and science fiction story. This special issue is dedicated, however, not to the dissection of genres themselves but rather to the novel ways in which their narratives attempt to illuminate a center, a holding position, whose value is worthy of sacrifice. More than this, while the extremities invoked by the contestation of spaces may be taken for many reasons, the focus of this issue is on that motivation that surfaces from religious experience. Finally, rather than define from the outset what counts as religious experience, the issue seeks out the religious testimony of the contemporary literary imagination.
Prof. Dr. William Buhrman
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