The “Global Regions” section focuses on understanding how scholars outside of North America understand and practice their research in the field of religion and literature. This page is still incomplete and under development.

China India Korea Japan


At the present time, mainland Chinese studies in the field of religion and literature seem to concentrate mostly on the Christian religion. Studies of Daoist and Buddhist texts mostly take place outside of literary studies, apart from the concerns distinctive to literary scholars. This section is still under research and development.

Chinese Christianity and Literature

Essential Reading:

Liu Xiaofeng. Sino-Theology and the Philosophy of History. A Collection of Essays by Liu Xiaofeng. Trans. Leopold Leeb. Boston: Brill, 2015.

Yang Huilin. China, Christianity, and the Question of Culture. Ed. Cathy Zhang Jing. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2014. 


Kim, Sharon. “Introduction to Theory and Theology in Chinese Literary Studies: An Early Map.” Christianity and Literature 68.1 (2018): 9-35.

Starr, Chloë. Chinese Theology: Text and Context. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016.


Journal for the Study of Christian Culture

Centers and Programs:

Renmin University of China Summer Institute


Fällman, Fredrik. “Calvin, Culture and Christ?: Developments of Faith Among Chinese Intellectuals.” Christianity in Contemporary China. Ed. Francis Khek Gee Lim. New York: Routlege, 2013.

—–. Salvation and Modernity: Intellectuals and Faith in Contemporary China. Rev. ed.New York: University Press of America, 2008.

Gálik, Márian. Influence, Translation, and Parallels: Selected Studies on the Bible in China. Intro. Irene Eber. Sankt Augustin, Germany: Monumenta Serica Institute, 2004.

Gao Xudong. Chinese Literature, Western Literature and Religious Philosophy. Beijing: Beijing University Press, 2003.  

He Guanghu. “Religious Studies in China, 1978-1999—And Their Connection with Political and Social Circumstances.” Studies in World Christianity. 7 no. 1 (2001) 21-33.

Jasper, David, Wang Hai, Geng Youzhuang, ed. A Poetics of Translation: Between Chinese and English Literature. Waco, TX : Baylor University Press, 2016.

Lai Pan-Chiu and Lam, Jason, eds. Sino-Christian Theology: a theological qua cultural movement in contemporary China. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2010.

Ni, Zhange. “A Response to David Jasper’s ‘Academic Adventures in China.’” Christianity and Literature 62: 4 (Summer 2013): 593-597. 

Ruokkanen, Mikka and Paulos Huang, ed. Christianity and Chinese Culture. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2010.

Starr, Chloë, ed. Reading Christian Scriptures in China. New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2008.

Wang Benchao. Twentieth Century Chinese Literature and Christian Culture. Hefei: Anhui Educational Publishing House, 2000.

Wang Lieyao. Christian Culture and the Sense of Tragedy in Modern Chinese Drama. Shanghai: Shanghai Joint Publishing Corporation, 2002.  

Xu Zhenglin. Modern Chinese Literature and Christianity. Shanghai: Shanghai University Press, 2003.

Yang Huilin. “The Contextualization of Chinese Christian Theology and Its Main Concerns.” Christianity and Chinese Culture. Ed. Miikkaa Ruokanen and Paulos Huang. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdman’s Publishing Company, 2010. 197-204.

—–. Sin and Atonement: on the Cultural Spirit of Christianity. Beijing: East Press, 1995. 

—–. Theological Hermeneutics: Word of God & Words of Man. Shanghai: Shanghai Translation Publishing House, 2002.

Yang Huilin and Daniel H.N. Yeung, eds. Sino-Christian Studies in China. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006.

Yang Jianlong. Calling in the Desert: Modern Chinese Writers and Christian Culture. Shanghai: Shanghai Education Publishing House, 1998. 

Yu, Anthony C. Comparative Journeys: Essays on Literature and Religion East and West. NY: Columbia UP, 2009.

Zhu Weizhi. Christianity and Literature. Association Press of China, [1932?].



The Korean Society for Literature and Religion

Founded in 1992, the KSLR explores English and American literature, Korean literature, and world literature in relation to religion. It has ties with the International Society for Religion, Culture, and the Arts in the United Kingdom, and it publishes the journal Literature and Religion with submissions in both Korean and English.


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