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The Religious Body Imagined

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This edited volume examines the ways in which the human body has been imagined, imaged, and discursively produced in particular places, times, and religious traditions. It brings together representative papers from most of the world’s major traditions and geo-historical locations, and explores the religious body’s various functions, roles, and transformative effects through a range of disciplinary and theoretical lenses (e.g. visual culture, literary, performance and cultural studies, ethnography, space / place, ritual, postcolonial theory and social justice as it pertains to embodiment). Most significantly, it is organized according to novel, thought-provoking thematic foci that advance the field and that can be generative for classroom use. Specifically, it includes twelve chapters organized into sections on the Gendered Body, LGBTQ Bodies, Migrating Bodies, Host Bodies, Sensational Bodies, and National Bodies. As a result, this volume contributes new and original research as well as theoretical insights that can substantially help to expand our understanding of the interdisciplinary field of religion and body in general.

Published: Nov 1, 2022

Section Chapter Authors
The Religious Body Imagined Pamela Winfield, Mina Garcia
Gendered Bodies
1. Embodied Religious Authority: New Approaches in the Study of Judaism Michal Raucher
2. Gender Matters in Religious Bodies Elizabeth Rhodes
LGBTQ Bodies
3. Harvey Milk’s (Sacred and Sexual) Body William Gilders
4. The Khuntha in the Congregation Saqer Almarri
Migrating Bodies
5. Lope’s Hamete de Toledo: The Infidel’s Body as Conquered Land Mina Garcia
6. The Embodied Palimpsest: Dancing Kinesthetic Empathy in Bharatanatyam Katherine Zubko
Host Bodies
7. A Myth of Holism: In/Visible Fragmentations and Wounded Being Sarah Dove
8. Surveilled, Harmonized, Purified: The Body in Chinese Religious Culture Ori Tavor
Sensational Bodies
9. The Body of the Senses, Imagined and Lived: Seeing Krishna in Transnational Gaudiya Vaishnavism Anandi Silva Knuppel
10. The Instrumentality of the Body in American Shadhiliyya Sufism Megan Adamson Sijapati
National Bodies
11. Political and Social Functions of Japanese ‘Buddhist’ Goddesses Pamela Winfield
12. The Afterlife of Bishop Evloghie Oța’s Dead Body and its Disputed Ownership Anca Sincan