Special Issue of *Literature and Theology* on Cognitive Theory, Literature, and Religion

full name / name of organization: 
Paul Cefalu (Associate Profess, Department of English, Lafayette College); Julia Reinhard Lupton (Professor of English, University of California, Irvine)
contact email: 
cefalup@lafayette.edu or jrlupton@uci.edu

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Literature and Theology: Cognitive Science, Literature, and Religion

We invite essays that bring together the fields of cognitive science, literature, and religion. Such topics might include the cognitive nature of prayer, ritual, faith, mysticism, myth-making, and belief as represented in the literature of a particular culture and historical period; principles of neurotheology as reflected in reading practices, literacy, the use of analogy and metaphor; theory of mind and the construction of God-images in literature and culture; cognitive theories of acting, dramaturgy, and performance in devotional and religious texts; and more multidisciplinary inquiries from the related fields of evolutionary psychology, neurophilosophy, and cognitive anthropology.

Accepted essays will be published in a Special Issue of the peer-reviewed journal Literature and Theology (Oxford University Press).

Please send essays of no longer than 7,000 words to Paul Cefalu, Lafayette College (cefalup@lafayette.edu) and Julia Reinhard Lupton, University of California, Irvine (jrlupton@uci.edu). Deadline for receipt of essays is September 1, 2012.

cfp categories: 
african-american
american
bibliography_and_history_of_the_book
childrens_literature
classical_studies
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
eighteenth_century
ethnicity_and_national_identity
film_and_television
gender_studies_and_sexuality
humanities_computing_and_the_internet
interdisciplinary
journals_and_collections_of_essays
medieval
modernist studies
poetry
popular_culture
postcolonial
religion
renaissance
romantic
theatre
theory
twentieth_century_and_beyond
victorian