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The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts

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By Frank Burch Brown (Edited by)

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Format: Hardcover, 564 pages
Other Information: 11 b & w
Published In: United States, 23 January 2014
More than ever before, scholars recognize that nearly every form of religion or spirituality has a vital connection with art. World religions, from Hinduism to The Eastern Orthodox Church, have a long and rich relationship with an array of artistic traditions. In recent decades, the academic study of religion and the arts has burgeoned. Yet a broad and serious consideration of the topic has yet to reach readers. The first comprehensive book of its kind, The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts provides expert guidance to artistry and aesthetic theory in religion. Edited by Frank Burch Brown, the Handbook brings together an international team of leading scholars to present an interdisciplinary volume of nearly forty original essays. Readers are presented the main topics, issues, methods, and resources for the study of religious and theological aesthetics. The essays give light to the dynamic interaction of world religions and art making. The volume ranges from antiquity to present day to examine idolatry, aesthetics in liturgy, and the role of art in popular religion. Ranging from music and poetry to architecture and film, the Handbook crosses the boundaries of different faiths and art forms to survey established and pioneering voices within the field. An authoritative text for scholars and students, The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts will remain an invaluable resource for years to come.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ; Contributors ; Introduction: Chapter One: Mapping the Terrain of Religion and Art - Frank Burch Brown ; PART ONE: RELIGIOUS AESTHETICS ; Chapter Two: Aesthetics and Religion: An Overview - Richard Viladesau ; Chapter Three: Beauty and Divinity - Patrick Sherry ; Chapter Four: The Religious Sublime - Vijay Mishra ; Chapter Five: Artistic Imagination and Religious Faith - Gesa Elsbeth Thiessen ; Chapter Six: Creativity at the Intersection of Art and Religion - Deborah Haynes ; PART TWO: ARTISTIC WAYS OF BEING RELIGIOUS ; Chapter Seven: Musical - Frank Burch Brown ; Chapter Eight: Narrative - David Jasper ; Chapter Nine: Poetic - Peggy Rosenthal ; Chapter Ten: Dramatic - Larry Bouchard ; Chapter Eleven: Embodied-Dance - Anne-Marie Gaston, with Tony Gaston ; Chapter Twelve: Architectural - Richard Kieckhefer ; Chapter Thirteen: Visual and Still (Painting, Sculpture & Photography) - Diane Apostolos-Cappadona ; Chapter Fourteen: Visual and Moving (Film) - Robert K. Johnston ; PART THREE: RELIGIOUS WAYS OF BEING ARTISTIC ; Chapter Fifteen: Judaism and Literature - Ilan Stavans ; Chapter Sixteen: Judaism and Music - Mark Kligman ; Chapter Seventeen: Judaism and Art - Edward van Voolen ; Chapter Eighteen: Christianity and Literature - Ralph C. Wood ; Chapter Nineteen: Christianity and Music - Paul Westermeyer ; Chapter Twenty: Christianity and Visual Art - Graham Howes ; Chapter Twenty-One: Islam and Literature - Tarif Khalidi ; Chapter Twenty-Two: Islam and Visual Art - Margaret S. Graves ; Chapter Twenty-Three: Islam and Music - Amnon Shiloah ; Chapter Twenty-Four: Hinduism-Aesthetics, Drama, and Poetics - Sunthar Visuvalingam ; Chapter Twenty-Five: Hinduism-Visual Art and Architecture - Jessica Frazier ; Chapter Twenty-Six: Hinduism and Music - Guy L. Beck ; Chapter Twenty-Seven: Buddhism-Image as Icon, Image as Art - Charles Lachmann ; Chapter Twenty-Eight: Taoism and the Arts - Deborah A. Sommer ; Chapter Twenty-Nine: Confucianism and the Arts - Deborah A. Sommer ; Chapter Thirty: Shinto and Visual Art - Sybil Thornton ; PART FOUR: ISSUES and THEMES ; Chapter Thirty-One: Artistry in Modern and Postmodern Worship - Don Saliers ; Chapter Thirty-Two: Art, Morality, and Justice - John W. de Gruchy ; Chapter Thirty-Three: Belief and Doubt in Literature - Roger Lundin ; Chapter Thirty-Four: Iconoclasm - Mia Mochizuki ; Chapter Thirty-Five: Gender, Imagery, and Religious Imagination - Margaret Miles ; Chapter Thirty-Six: Art, Material Culture, and Lived Religion - David Morgan ; Chapter Thirty-Seven: Sacred and Secular in African American Music - Cheryl Kirk-Duggan ; Index

About the Author

Frank Burch Brown is Frederick Doyle Kershner Professor of Religion & the Arts at Christian Theological Seminary.


He skillfully assembles essays that profile the rapidly burgeoning field of religion and the arts in a way that is helpful to experts and non-experts alike ... The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts delivers on its promise providing a useful resource for those wanting to negotiate the contours of the field of religion, the arts and religious aesthetics * Kimberly Vrudny, Art and Christianity *

EAN: 9780195176674
ISBN: 0195176677
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Dimensions: 24.89 x 18.29 x 4.57 centimetres (1.09 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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