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Book: Remembering J. Z. Smith

Chapter: 6. Wrestling with Angels and Heavy Books (AAR Panel)

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.39819


Mortensen revisits some of the ideas of Jonathan Z. Smith’s with which he himself wrestles: the notion of magic in the historical and comparative study of religion; the influence of Smith’s writings on his own fieldwork and research in southeastern Tibet; and what he finds most pedagogically valuable about Smith’s work on methodology—how it can lead undergraduate students, whom Smith himself famously taught at the University of Chicago, to challenge the way they see themselves and others.

Chapter Contributors

  • Eric Mortensen ( - emortensen) 'Guilford College'