Literature and Spirituality
According to Darcy Ribeiro (1995), the Brazilian people have religiosity as a cornerstone of its culture. It not only played a large role in its “civilizatory” process, but also stimulated resistance movements, among which are the ones in Canudos, Bahia, and Lagoinha, Goiás. Religion has remained a strong identity feature through all of Brazilian history and, still today, it is the center of relevant social conflicts. Nevertheless, there is, in the Brazilian literary scene, very little space dedicated to the study of the representation of individuals and/or religious doctrines. The academy, thus, fosters the shunning of literary works bearing relationship with the mystic, the religious or, anything, in any way, connected with the sacred. It should be made clear that such a literature holds its own readership, the which, according to the research Retratos da Leitura no Brasil, constitutes a group no less numerous than faithful, meaning frequent readers. To them we dedicate this edition.
The research here collected discuss the relationship between Literature and Spirituality in manifold ways, such as:
- the study of literary works based on religious doctrines;
- the representation and self-representation of people or religious groups,
- literature and religious education,
- religious literature at the Brazilian literary scene,
- religion as a factor of cultural resistance
- the presence of the sacred and the mystic in literature.
Professor Wiliam Alves Biserra (UnB)
Professor Ana Cláudia da Silva (UnB)
Professor João Cesário Leonel Ferreira (Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie)