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Between Dancing and Writing: The Practice of Religious Studies

Kimerer L. LaMothe


This book provides philosophical grounds for an emerging area of scholarship: the study of religion and dance. In the first part, the book investigates why scholars in religious studies have tended to overlook dance, or rhythmic bodily movement, in favor of textual expressions of religious life. In close readings of Descartes, Kant, Schleiermacher, Hegel, and Kierkegaard, the book traces this attitude to formative moments of the field in which philosophers relied upon the practice of writing to mediate between the study of “religion”, on the one ... More

Keywords: philosophical, religion, dance, rhythmic bodily movement, writing, theology, Gerardus van der Leeuw, religious experience, religious expression, bodily being

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780823224036
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823224036.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kimerer L. LaMothe, author
Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University