Feeling Religion

Book Pages: 296 Illustrations: 7 illustrations Published: January 2018

Cultural Studies, Religious Studies, Theory and Philosophy > Affect Theory

The contributors to Feeling Religion analyze the historical and contemporary entwinement of emotion, religion, spirituality, and secularism. They show how attending to these entanglements transforms understandings of metaphysics, ethics, ritual, religious music and poetry, the environment, popular culture, and the secular while producing new angles from which to approach familiar subjects. At the same time, their engagement with race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and nation in studies of topics as divergent as documentary film, Islamic environmentalism, and Jewish music demonstrates the ways in which interrogating emotion's role in religious practice and interpretation is refiguring the field of religious studies and beyond.

Contributors. Diana Fritz Cates, John Corrigan, Anna M. Gade, M. Gail Hamner, Abby Kluchin, Jessica Johnson, June McDaniel, David Morgan, Sarah M. Ross, Donovan Schaefer, Mark Wynn


"[Feeling Religion] challenges not only those theories of religion that would treat religion primarily as a matter of propositional belief, but also those that would prioritize constructing theoretical edifices that would separate the scholar from the object of his or her research." — Joshua S. Lupo, Reading Religion

"Feeling Religion is an excellent response to a need over the past centuries for a thorough and scholarly investigation of the relationship between emotion and religion. . . . This superbly edited work has done more than provide incisive scholarly knowledge about emotion in religion." — John-Okoria Ibhakewanlan, Theological Studies

“... This imaginative collection of essays should be recommended reading for all students of contemporary theories of emotion.” — Phyllis Mack, Church History

“‘How Do We Study Religion and Emotion?’ This question stands at the outset of Feeling Religion. It is an invitation for readers to think through the methods applied in the various contributions to this collection and map their differences and similarities. The question certainly deserves scholarly attention.” — Lorenz Trein, Religious Studies Review

"Framed by a theoretically rich introduction, this distinctive collection offers a diverse and engaging range of perspectives on the relationships between emotion and religion. Its insights and innovations into the historical and contemporary entwinement of affect, spirituality, and secularism offer important contributions to religious studies, while its interdisciplinary scope will make it of interest to those working in sociology, history, philosophy, cultural studies, anthropology, music, and literature." — Carolyn Pedwell, author of Affective Relations: The Transnational Politics of Empathy

"John Corrigan is our doyen of the study of religion and emotion. Here he has gathered together a true A-team of scholars to query and explore once again the intricate webs of bodies, desires, histories, genetics, politics, rituals, and beliefs that constitute what we so banally call religious 'emotion' or 'feeling.' The result is a cutting-edge series of powerful lessons in how foolish it is to separate cognition and emotion, biology and culture, universalism and constructivism, 'peptides and Easterides' in our quest to comparatively and critically understand religion and emotion. And the strongest message of the book? That we can understand." — Jeffrey J. Kripal, author of Secret Body: Erotic and Esoteric Currents in the History of Religions

"This collection of essays shows how and why the study of emotions needs the study of religion. Characterized by the methodological and geocultural diversity that makes up the field, Feeling Religion puts affect theory and cognitive science in conversation with older theoretical—and theological—approaches. The result is a challenging set of arguments focused on concepts at the heart of the humanities—subjectivity, embodiment, and even the human—that call for re-thinking and re-feeling what it is to critically study religion and emotion." — Pamela E. Klassen, author of Spirits of Protestantism: Medicine, Healing, and Liberal Christianity


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John Corrigan is Lucius Moody Bristol Distinguished Professor of Religion and Professor of History at Florida State University and the author and editor of numerous books, most recently, Emptiness: Feeling Christian in America.

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Acknowledgments  ix
Introduction: How Do We Study Religion and Emotion / John Corrigan  1
1. Approaching the Morality of Emotion: Specifying the Object of Inquiry / Diana Fritz Cates  23
2. Metaphysics and Emotional Experience: Some Themes Drawn from John of the Cross / Mark Wynn  53
3. Beautiful Facts: Science, Secularism, and Affect / Donovan O. Schaefer  69
4. Affect Theory as a Tool for Examining Religious Documentaries / M. Gail Hamner  93
5. Dark Devotion: Religious Emotion in Shakta and Shi'ah Traditions / June McDaniel  117
6. Sound and Sentiment in Judaism: Toward the Production, Perception, and Representation of Emotion in Jewish Ritual Music / Sarah M. Ross  142
7. Beyond "Hope": Religion and Environmental Sentiment in the USA and Indonesia / Anna M. Gade  175
8. Bodily Encounters: Affect, Religion, and Ethnography / Jessica Johnson  200
9. Emotion and Imagination in the Ritual Entanglement of Religion, Sport, and Nationalism / David Morgan  222
10. At the Limits of Feeling: Religion, Psychoanalysis, and the Affective Subject / Abby Kluchin  242
Bibliography  261
Contributors  279
Index  281
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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-7037-6 / Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-7028-4
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