Postsecular Studies

Overview: Literary Studies; Literary Theory; Postsecular Theory (Other Disciplines)


Literary Studies

Branch, Lori. Rituals of Spontaneity: Sentiment and Secularism from Free Prayer to Wordsworth. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2006.

Carruther, Jo. England’s Secular Scripture: Islamophobia and the Protestant Aesthetic. London: Bloomsbury, 2011.

Carruthers, Jo and Tate, Andrew, eds. Spiritual Identities: Literature and the Post-secular Imagination. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2010.

Chambers, Claire and Caroline Herbert, eds. Imagining Muslims in South Asia and the Diaspora: Secularism, Religion, Representations. New York: Routledge, 2015.

Fessenden, Tracy. Culture and Redemption: Religion, the Secular, and American Literature. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007.

Franke, William. Secular Scriptures: Modern Theological Poetics in the Wake of Dante. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2015.

Garcia-Donoso, Daniel. Escrituras Postseculares: Sedimentos de la Religión en la Narrativa Española (1950-2010). Madrid, España: Biblioteca Nueva, 2018.

Haque, Danielle. Interrogating Secularism: Race and Religion in Arab Transnational Literature and Art. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2019.

Hobson, Suzanne. Unbelief in Interwar Literary Culture: Doubting Moderns. New York: Oxford University Press, 2022.

Jager, Colin. The Book of God: Secularization and Design in the Romantic Era. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007.

——-. Unquiet Things: Secularism in the Romantic Age. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015.

Jones, Norman. Provincializing the Bible: Faulkner and Postsecular American Literature. New York: Routledge, 2018.

Kumar, Priya. Limiting Secularism: the Ethics of Coexistence in Indian Literature and Film. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008.

Lecourt, Sebastian. Cultivating Belief : Victorian Anthropology, Liberal Aesthetics, and the Secular Imagination. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.

Lewis, Pericles. Religious Experience and the Modernist Novel. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

McClure John A. Partial Faiths: Postsecular Fiction in the Age of Pynchon and Morrison. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2007.

—–. “Post-Modern/Post-Secular: Contemporary Fiction and Spirituality.” Modern Fiction Studies. 411 (1995): 141-163.  

Mohamed, Feisal G. Milton and the Post-Secular Present: Ethics, Politics, Terrorism. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2011.

Mutter, Matthew. Restless Secularism: Modernism and the Religious Inheritance. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2017.

Naydan, Liliana M. Rhetorics of Religion in American Fiction: Faith, Fundamentalism, and Fanaticism in the Age of Terror. Bucknell University Press and The Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group, 2016.

Neuman, Justin. Fiction Beyond Secularism. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2014.

New, Melvyn and Reedy, Gerard, eds. Theology and Literature in the Age of Johnson: Resisting Secularism. Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press, 2012.

Ni, Zhange. The Pagan Writes Back: When World Religion Meets World Literature. University of Virginia Press, 2015.

Pecora, Vincent. Secularization Without End: Beckett, Mann, Coetzee. Notre Dame, IA: University of Notre Dame Press, 2015.

Ratti, Manav. The Postsecular Imagination: Postcolonialism, Religion, and Literature. New York: Routledge, 2013.

Seidel, Kevin. Rethinking the Secular Origins of the Novel: the Bible in English Fiction, 1678-1767. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2021.

Sen, Asha. Postcolonial Yearning: Reshaping Spiritual and Secular Discourses in Contemporary Literature. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Ziolkowski, Theodore. Modes of Faith: Secular Surrogates for Lost Religious Belief. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2007.

Literary Theory and Reflection

Branch, Lori. “Postsecular Studies.” The Routledge Companion to Literature and Religion. Ed. Mark Knight. New York: Routledge, 2016. 91-101.

Coviello, Peter and Hickman, Jared. “Introduction: After the Postsecular.” American Literature 86.4 (2014): 645–54.

During, Simon. Exit Capitalism: Literary Culture, Theory, and Post-Secular Modernity. New York: Routledge, 2010.

—–. “Toward the Postsecular.” PMLA: Publications of the Modern Language Association of America. 120.3 (May 2005): 876-77.

Fessenden, Tracy. “The Problem of the Postsecular.” American Literary History. 26.1 (2014): 154-167.

“Forum: Locating the Post-secular.” Religion and Literature. 41.3 (2009).

Franchot, Jenny. “Invisible Domain: Religion and American Literary Studies.” American Literary History. 67.4 (1995): 833-842.

Mahmood, Saba. “Secularity, History, Literature.” Religious Difference in a Secular Age: A Minority Report. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2016. 

Pecora, Vincent P. “The Function of Criticism in a ‘Post-Secular’ Age.” Reframing Critical, Literary, and Cultural Theories: Thought on the Edge. Ed. Nicoletta Pireddu. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. pp.183-209.

—–. Secularization and Cultural Criticism: Religion, Nation, and Modernity. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006.

Said, Edward. The World, the Text, and the Critic. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1983.

Postsecular Theory (Other Disciplines)

Agar, Jolyon. Post-secularism, Realism and Utopia: Transcendence and Immanence from Hegel to Bloch. New York: Routledge, 2014.

El Amrani, Abdelaziz. “The Postsecular Turn: Interrogating Postcolonialism after 9/11.” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. 24.4 (2022): 533-366.

Asad, Talal. Formations of the Secular: Christianity, Islam, Modernity. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2003. 

Asad, Talal; Wendy Brown; Judith Butler; and Saba Mahmood. Is Critique Secular? Blasphemy, Injury, and Free Speech. New York: Fordham University Press, 2013.

Benthall, Jonathan. Returning to Religion: Why a Secular Age is Haunted by Faith. London: I.B. Tauris, 2008.

Berger, Peter, ed. The Desecularization of the World: Resurgent Religion and World Politics. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 1999.

Blond, Phillip, ed. Post-Secular Philosophy: Between Philosophy and Theology. New York: Routledge, 1998.

Braidotti, Rosi. “In Spite of the Times: The Postsecular Turn in Feminism.” Theory, Culture & Society 25.6 (2008): 1-24.

Calhoun, Craig J., Mark Juergensmeyer, and Jonathan VanAntwerpen, eds. Rethinking Secularism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Casanova, José. Public Religions in the Modern World. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1994.

Dalferth, Ingolf U. “Post-Secular Society: Christianity and the Dialectics of the Secular.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion vol. 78, no. 2,  June 2010, pp. 317-345. 

Deo, Nandini, ed. Postsecular Feminisms. New York: Bloomsbury, 2020.

DeVries Hent and Lawrence E. Sullivan, eds. Political Theologies: Public Religions in a Post-Secular World. New York: Fordham University Press, 2006.

Furani, Khaled. “Is there a Postsecular?” Journal of the American Academy of Religion. 83.1 (2015): 1-26. 

Gorski, Philip, David Kyuman Kim, John Torpey, and Jonathan VanAntwerpen, eds. The Post-Secular in Question: Religion in Contemporary Society. [Brooklyn, NY]: Social Sciences Research Council, 2012.

Habermas, Jürgen. Between Naturalism and Religion: Philosophical Essays. Polity, 2008.

Habermas, Jürgen. “Secularism’s Crisis of Faith: Notes on Post-secular Society.” New Perspectives Quarterly. 25 (2008): 17-29.

Jakobsen, Janet R, and Ann Pellegrini, ed. Secularisms. Duke University Press, 2008.

Lacoue-Labarthe, Philippe and Jean-Luc Nancy. Retreating the Political. Trans. Simon Sparks. London: Routledge, 1997.

Lloyd, Vincent William and Ludger Viefhues-Bailey. “Introduction: Is the Postcolonial Postsecular?” Critical Research on Religion. 3.1 (2015): 13-24.

Luckmann, Thomas. The Invisible Religion: The Problem of Religion in Modern Society. New York: Macmillan, 1967. 

Mahmood, Saba. Religious Difference in a Secular Age: A Minority Report. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2016.

Nynäs, Peter, Mike Lassander, and Terhi Utriainen, eds. Post-Secular Society. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2012. 

Rorty, Richard and Gianni Vattimo. The Future of Religion. Ed. Santiago Zabala. New York: Columbia University Press, 2005.

Taylor, Charles. A Secular Age. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2007.

Warner, Michael, Jonathan Van Antwerpen, and Craig Calhoun, eds. Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2010.