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Each essay in this Companion examines one or more literary texts and a religious tradition to illustrate how we can understand both literature and religion better by looking at them in tandem. Unlike most literature and religion books, which tend to focus on Christianity and take a highly theoretical approach inappropriate for non-specialists, The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Religion offers an accessible treatment of both Dharmic and Abrahamic traditions. It provides close readings of texts rather than surveys of large topics, making it an ideal resource for undergraduate and graduate students of literature and religion.

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'The collection's rich diversity bespeaks the generative intercourse of religion and literature.'

S. Gowler Source: CHOICE

'Literature and religion have a close relationship and have encouraged cross-disciplinary study over the years. This companion (one in a well-established series for the general and the academic reader) is a useful snapshot of current thinking. …The appeal to readers who like connecting religion and literature will be immediate. … for the general reader and believer, it is likely to stimulate and enrich their study of and reflections on their faith, and, of more value still, enhance their own religious practice.'

Stuart Hannabuss Source: Women, Word, Spirit-Network Journal

'This is an outstanding volume: diverse but coherent, demanding but always clear. The individual essays are strong, but read as whole the book is even more powerful. It is required reading for any scholar working in the wide and complex field of literature and religion.'

Andrew Tate Source: The Glass

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Asad, Talal. Genealogies of Religion: Discipline and Reasons of Power in Christianity and Islam. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993.
Detweiler, Robert, and Jasper, David, eds. Religion and Literature: A Reader. Louisville, KY: John Knox Press, 2000.
Griffiths, Paul. Religious Reading: The Place of Reading in the Practice of Religion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.
Jones, Lindsay, ed. Encyclopedia of Religion,. New York: Macmillan, 2005.
Knight Mark, . An Introduction to Religion and Literature. London and New York: Continuum, 2009.
Masuzawa, Tomoko. The Invention of World Religions, or, How European Universalism Was Preserved in the Language of Pluralism. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2005.
Miles, Jack, et al., eds. The Norton Anthology of World Religions. 2 vols. New York: W.W. Norton, 2014.
Smith, Wilfred Cantwell. The Meaning and End of Religion. San Francisco, CA: Harper San Francisco, 1978; 1962.
Asad, Talal. Formations of the Secular: Christianity, Islam, Modernity. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2003.
Carruthers, Jo, and Tate, Andrew, eds. Spiritual Identities: Literature and the Post-Secular Imagination. Bern: Peter Lang, 2010.
de Vries, Hent, and Sullivan, Lawrence E., eds. Political Theologies: Public Religions in a Post-secular World. New York: Fordham University Press, 2006.
Dressler, Markus, and Mandair, Arvind-Pal S., eds. Secularism and Religion-Making. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.
Fessenden, Tracy. Culture and Redemption: Religion, the Secular, and American Literature. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007.
Gorski, Philip, et al., eds. The Post-Secular in Question: Religion in Contemporary Society. New York: New York University Press, 2012.
Hungerford, Amy. Postmodern Belief: American Literature and Religion since 1960. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2010.
McClure, John. Partial Faiths: Postsecular Fiction in the Age of Pynchon and Morrison. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2007.
Neuman, Justin. Fiction beyond Secularism. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2014.
Ratti, Manav. The Postsecular Imagination: Postcolonialism, Religion, and Literature. London and New York: Routledge, 2013.
Taylor, Charles. A Secular Age. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 2007.
Farquhar, J.N. An Outline of the Religious Literature of India. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1920.
Flood, Gaven, ed. The Blackwell Companion to Hinduism. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2003.
Gonda, Jan, ed. A History of Indian Literature. 10 vols. Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz, 1973–1988.
Pollock, Sheldon. The Language of the Gods in the World of Men: Sanskrit, Culture and Power in Pre-Modern India. Oakland: University of California Press, 2006.
Schwartz, Susan L. Rasa: Performing the Divine in India. New York: Columbia University Press, 2005.
Buswell, Jr. Robert E., and Lopez, Donald S. Jr. The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2014.
Cabezón, José, and Jackson, Roger. Tibetan Literature: Studies in Genre. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion Publications, 1996.
de Bary, Theodore, ed. The Buddhist Tradition in India, China, and Japan. New York: Random House, 1969.
Lopez, Donald S. Jr. Buddhist Scriptures. London: Penguin Books. 2004.
Strong, John. The Experience of Buddhism: Sources and Interpretations, Independence, KY: Wadsworth, 2007.
Veidlinger, Daniel M. Spreading the Dhamma: Writing, Orality, and Textual Transmission in Buddhist Northern Thailand. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2006.
Bialik, Hayyim Nahman, and Ravnitzky, Yehoshua Hana, eds. The Book of Legends/Sefer Ha-Aggadah: Legends from the Talmud and Midrash. Trans. Braude, William G.. New York: Schocken Books, 1992.
Grossman, Maxine, and Berlin, Adele, eds. The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion, New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.
Holz, Barry W. ed. Back to the Sources: Reading the Classic Jewish Texts. New York: Summit, 1984.
Schwartz, Howard. Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.
Skolnik, Fred, ed. Encyclopaedia Judaica, 22 vols. Detroit, MI: Macmillan, 2007.
Stavans, Ilan, ed. The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998.
Balthasar, Hans Urs von. The Glory of the Lord. 7 vols. San Francisco, CA: Ignatius, 1983–1990.
Frye, Northrop. The Great Code: The Bible and Literature. New York: Harcourt Brave Jovanovich, 1982.
Gabel, John B., et al. The Bible as Literature: An Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.
Haas, Andrew, Jasper, David, and Jay, Elisabeth, eds. The Oxford Handbook of English Literature and Theology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.
Jeffrey, David Lyle, ed. A Dictionary of Biblical Tradition in English Literature. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1992.
Kurian, George Thomas and Smith, James D., eds. The Encyclopedia of Christian Literature. 2 vols. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2010.
Mitchell, Margaret, et al., eds. The Cambridge History of Christianity. 9 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Allen, Roger M. An Introduction to Arabic Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Beeston, A.F.L., et al., eds. The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature. 6 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983–2006.
Bruijn, J.T.P., ed. General Introduction to Persian Literature. London: I.B. Tauris, 2009.
Calder, Norman, Mojaddedi, Jawid, and Rippin, Andrew, eds. Classical Islam: A Sourcebook of Religious Literature, London: Routledge, 2012.
Cook, Michael, ed. The New Cambridge History of Islam. 6 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
McAuliffe, Jane Dammen, ed. The Encyclopedia of the Qur'an. 5 vols. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2002–2005.
www.accesstoinsight.org/: Buddhist texts from the Pali canon
www.bdk.or.jp/bdk/digitaldl.html: Buddhist texts from the BDK Tripitaka Translation Series
www.halakhah.com/ The English Babylonian Talmud
www.biblehub.com/: Biblical texts in Hebrew and Greek, many English translations, commentaries, concordances, and other interpretive aids
www.biblegateway.com: Biblical texts in many modern language translations
Ali, Abdullah Yusuf. The Holy Qur'an: Text, Translation and Commentary. Washington, DC: Amanah, 1989.
Ali, Maulavi Sher, and Farid, Malik Ghulam, trans. and eds. The Holy Qur'an: Arabic Text with English Translation and Short Commentary. Tilford, Surrey, UK: Islam International Publications, 1994.
Bodhi, Bhikkhu. In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon. New York: Wisdom Publications, 2005.
Conze, Edward, ed. Buddhist Texts through the Ages. New York: Harper Torchbooks, 1964.
Dawood, N. J., trans. The Koran, revised 5th ed. London: Penguin, 1990.
de Bary, William Theodore, et al. Sources of Chinese Tradition, 2 vols. New York: Columbia University Press, 1999.
de Bary, William Theodore, et al. Sources of Japanese Tradition, 2 vols. New York: Columbia University Press, 2001–2005.
Dimmitt, Cornelia, and van Buitenen, J.A.B., eds. Classical Hindu Mythology: A Reader in the Sanskrit Puranas. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1978.
Embree, Ainslee T., and Hay, Stephen. Sources of Indian Tradition, 2 vols. New York: Columbia University Press, 1988.
Fox, Everett, trans. The Early Prophets: Joshua Judges, Samuel, and Kings. The Schocken Bible, vol. 2. New York: Schocken Books, 2014.
Fox, Everett, trans. The Five Books of Moses: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronony. The Schocken Bible, vol. 1. New York: Schocken Books, 2000.
Fronsdal, Gil, trans. The Dhammapada. Boston and London: Shambhala, 2005.
Ganguli, Kisari Mohan, and Raya, Pratapachandra. The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa. 18 vols. 1884–1896.
Giebel, Rolf W., trans. The Vairocanābhisaṃbodhi Sutra. Berkeley, CA: Numata Center for Buddhist Translation and Research, 2009.
Goldman, Robert P., and Sutherland, Sally J., trans. and eds. The Rāmāyaņa of Vālmīki: An Epic of Ancient India. 6 vols. to date. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1985–.
Haleem, M.A.S. Abdel, trans. The Qur'an. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.
Hodge, Stephen, trans. The Mahā-Vairocana-Abhisaṃbodhi Tantra, with Buddhaguhya's Commentary. London and New York: Routledge Curzon, 2003.
Jamison, Stephanie W., and Brereton, Joel P., trans. The Rigveda. 3 vols. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.
Keith, Arthur Berriedale, trans. Rigveda Brahmanas: The Aitareya and Kausitaki Brahmanas of the Rigveda. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1920.
Lee, Peter, and de Bary, William Theodore, eds. Sources of Korean Tradition. 2 vols. New York: Columbia University Press, 1997–2000.
Olivelle, Patrick, trans. Early Upanishads: Annotated Text and Translation. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998.
Patton, Laurie, trans. The Bhagavad Gita. London: Penguin, 2008.
Sarna, Nahum M. The JPS Torah Commentary Series: The Traditional Hebrew Text with the New JPS Translation. 5 vols. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1996.
Schaeffer, Kurtis R., Kapstein, Matthew T., and Tuttle, Gray, eds. Sources of Tibetan Tradition. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013.
Steinsaltz, Adin, and Weinreb, Tzvi Hersh, eds. Koren Talmud Bavli. 19 vols. to date. Jerusalem: Koren Publishers, 2012–.
White, David Gordon, ed. Tantra in Practice. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2000.

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