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[UPDATE] Love and Religion in Global Popular Culture 12/1/2012
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Journal of Popular Romance Studies
From reggae to Rumi (the bestselling poet in the United States across the 1990s), Bollywood to South Park, global popular music, fiction, film, poetry, and other media have extolled sacred love in romantic terms and romantic love as a religion. In the process, they have sometimes raised provocative, complex relationships about the relationships between these realms.
Some popular romance texts remain securely inside the boundaries of orthodox belief, bringing theologies of love to accessible, affective life. Others blur the lines between sacred and secular love, or between different national, cultural, and theological traditions, threatening those distinctions and, sometimes, drawing sharp condemnation in the process.
To explore the vast terrain of love and religion in global popular culture, the Journal of Popular Romance Studies calls for essays, interviews, and pedagogical materials for a special forum guest-edited by Lynn S. Neal (author of Romancing God: Evangelical Women and Inspirational Fiction). The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2012, and the forum is slated for publication in September, 2013.
Texts from all traditions, media, and periods are welcome. Topics of particular interest include:
Sacred love stories retold in popular culture
Please submit scholarly papers of no more than 10,000 words by December 1, 2012, to An Goris, Managing Editor firstname.lastname@example.org. Longer manuscripts of particular interest will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Submissions should be Microsoft Word documents, with citations in MLA format. Please remove all identifying material (i.e., running heads with the author’s name) so that submissions can easily be sent out for anonymous peer review. Suggestions for appropriate peer reviewers are welcome.