Religion, Literature, and Culture

              The practice of rewriting the old texts is not a new phenomenon in the long history of literary trajectory as evidenced from the simultaneous existence of various traditions of the same epics, myths, and legends. However, the practice got accelerated along with the advent of what came to be labelled as postmodernism which laid emphasis on the validity of different and even contradictory positions regarding the topics in question. This practice proved to be vital and controversial largely in the field of religion as religious texts were attributed some sort of divinity as the reason for their origin and consequently claimed inerrancy and inalterability. Notwithstanding the strong antagonism from the religious circles, many authors began to probe into the scriptural and theological world to find out resources for their works and this practice became widely followed in fictional writings. The purpose of these iconoclastic exercises was to find out and to analyse the age-old concepts which became deep rooted in and sometimes lethal to social and cultural development. Rerenderings of canonical/classical texts were not restricted to the realm of literature. Cultural texts also have undetgone radical changes as they have been subjected to rereading and rewriting continuously. 

                 It is in this context that Dialogist plans to publish its next issue on the politics of rewriting religious, literary, and cultural texts. Original and scholarly papers are invited from all who are academically interested in the topic. A list of topics relevant to the larger area of analysis is given below and the papers may be on these topics or any other idea related to

Religion and literature
Religion and film
Religion and culture
Religion and theology
Religion and visual media
Rewriting the scriptures
Hermeneutic practices