Between Dancing and Writing: The Practice of Religious Studies / Edition 2

Between Dancing and Writing: The Practice of Religious Studies / Edition 2

by Kimerer LaMothe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0823224031

ISBN-13: 9780823224036

Pub. Date: 11/01/2004

Publisher: Fordham University Press

This book provides philosophical grounds for an emerging area of scholarship: the study of religion and dance. In the first part, LaMothe investigates why scholars in religious studies have tended to overlook dance, or rhythmic bodily movement, in favor of textual expressions of religious life. In close readings of Descartes, Kant, Schleiermacher, Hegel, and

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This book provides philosophical grounds for an emerging area of scholarship: the study of religion and dance. In the first part, LaMothe investigates why scholars in religious studies have tended to overlook dance, or rhythmic bodily movement, in favor of textual expressions of religious life. In close readings of Descartes, Kant, Schleiermacher, Hegel, and Kierkegaard, LaMothe traces this attitude to formative moments of the field in which philosophers relied upon the practice of writing to mediate between the study of religion,on the one hand, and theology,on the other.In the second part, LaMothe revives the work of theologian, phenomenologist, and historian of religion Gerardus van der Leeuw for help in interpreting how dancing can serve as a medium of religious experience and expression. In so doing, LaMothe opens new perspectives on the role of bodily being in religious life, and on the place of theology in the study of religion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823224036
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2004
Edition description:
2
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface : moving between
Introduction : a disconcerting miracle1
1The rift in religion : Rene Descartes and Immanuel Kant21
2Recovering experience : Friedrich Schleiermacher46
3Doing the work of spirit : G. W. F. Hegel65
4The poet and the dancer : Soren Kierkegaard85
Conclusion : living the legacy103
5A braided approach to the study of religion : Gerardus van der Leeuw109
6A practice of understanding129
7Understanding religion and dance159
8Spinning the unity of life : dance as religion179
9Marking boundaries : dance against religion210
Conclusion : can dance be religion?229
10Dancing religion241

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