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

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823224036
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kimerer L. LaMothe has taught at Brown and Harvard universities. She is currently a Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard, where she is completing a second book, Nietzsche's Dancers: Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham.

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Table of Contents

Preface : moving between
Introduction : a disconcerting miracle 1
1 The rift in religion : Rene Descartes and Immanuel Kant 21
2 Recovering experience : Friedrich Schleiermacher 46
3 Doing the work of spirit : G. W. F. Hegel 65
4 The poet and the dancer : Soren Kierkegaard 85
Conclusion : living the legacy 103
5 A braided approach to the study of religion : Gerardus van der Leeuw 109
6 A practice of understanding 129
7 Understanding religion and dance 159
8 Spinning the unity of life : dance as religion 179
9 Marking boundaries : dance against religion 210
Conclusion : can dance be religion? 229
10 Dancing religion 241
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