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Founded in 1997, ARLS meets annually at the American Literature Association convention and focuses on U.S. religion and literature.
Begun in 1980 but formalized in 2000, ISRLC is based in the United Kingdom and has close ties to the journal Literature and Theology. It holds conferences and connects to related groups in Europe, Asia, Australia, South Africa, and North America.
Founded in 1988, CLSG is a Canadian scholarly organization that holds an annual conference.
Societies in England, Germany, Korea, Norway, Scotland, the United States, and other nations.
Established in 1956, CCL sponsors sessions at the Modern Language Association Convention (U.S.), organizes conferences, presents annual awards, and publishes the journal Christianity and Literature.
Begun in 1974 and renamed in 1997, this forum sponsors panels at the annual convention of the Modern Language Association (U.S.), with proposals for papers and panels open to MLA members.
Housed with the Rivendell Center for Theology and the Arts at Yale University, the SOLAR network aims to connect rising post-graduate students with scholars and to foster collaboration between scholars.
Founded in 1950 and published by Johns Hopkins University Press, Christianity and Literature includes scholarly articles, book reviews, and original poetry. Cir. 1500.
Founded in the 1970s and housed at the University of Notre Dame, Religion & Literature explores the relations between the religious impulse and the literary forms of any era, place, or language. Cir. 500.
Founded in 1980, Literature and Belief addresses literature, critical theory, cultural dynamics, and faith. Cir. 400.
Founded in 1986, Literature and Theology: An International Journal of Religion, Theory, and Culture is published quarterly by Oxford University Press. It offers a critical non-confessional forum for the exploration of questions pertinent to literary study and theology, broadly understood.
A curated collection of articles drawn from Oxford University Press journals such as the Journal of Islamic Studies, the Journal of Hindu Studies, the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, and Modern Judaism.
Founded in 1999, this journal focuses on literary studies and is published in both Chinese and English by Renmin University of China Press. Cir. 500.
Contemporary theorists addressing religion.
Ways of conceptualizing religion and literature. Methodologies for the reading of religion and literature. Theory of the intellectual study of religion. Drawn from literary studies, anthropology, history, psychology, religious studies, and sociology.
Theologies of language, narrative, poetics, hermeneutics, and related subjects.
Essential reading on the classic concerns and recent trends of the field.
Extended reading in categories such as Journal Special Issues; Literary Theory; Poetics; Post-Secular Theory; the Bible; the Qur’an; Religious Ways of Reading; Theology and Literature
Knight, Mark, ed. The Routledge Companion to Literature and Religion. Routledge, 2016.
Premier collection of databases, abstracts, digital historical archives, library guides, “Websites on Religion” project, and other resources.
Empirical data on religion and religious organizations.
The Bible, Chinese Sacred Texts, Jewish Sacred Texts, The Qur’an, The Sutras, The Vedas
Dead Sea Scrolls; Patrologia Latina; Ante-Nicene, Nicene and Post-Nicene texts; medieval female mystics, Catholic Reformation, Classic Protestant texts, Puritan sermons, twentieth-century theology; sources on Islam.
by literary field
A bibliography prepared by the American Religion and Literature Society (ARLS)
Ziolkowski, Eric. Religion and Literature: History and Method. Leiden: Brill, 2020.
Studies in Christianity and Literature
New Directions in Religion and Literature
Bloomsbury Studies in Popular Fiction and Religious Dynamics
Studies in Religion and the Arts
Prepared by the SOLAR Network (Scholars of Literature and Religion)