Sensational Religion - Promey, Sally M - Yale University Press
  • Available Jun 24, 2014
    720 p., 7 x 10
    81 b/w + 103 color illus.
    ISBN: 9780300187359
    Cloth: $40.00 tx
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Sensational Religion

Sensory Cultures in Material Practice

  • Edited by Sally M. Promey
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The result of a collaborative, multiyear project, this groundbreaking book explores the interpretive worlds that inform religious practice and derive from sensory phenomena.

Under the rubric of "making sense," the studies assembled here ask, How have people used and valued sensory data? How have they shaped their material and immaterial worlds to encourage or discourage certain kinds or patterns of sensory experience? How have they framed the sensual capacities of images and objects to license a range of behaviors, including iconoclasm, censorship, and accusations of blasphemy or sacrilege? Exposing the dematerialization of religion embedded in secularization theory, editor Sally Promey proposes a fundamental reorientation in understanding the personal, social, political, and cultural work accomplished in religionís sensory and material practice. Sensational Religion refocuses scholarly attention on the robust material entanglements often discounted by modernityís metaphysic and on their inextricable connections to human bodies, behaviors, affects, and beliefs.

Sally M. Promey†is professor of American studies and professor of religion and visual culture at Yale University, where she is also founding director of the Initiative for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion (mavcor.yale.edu) and deputy director of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.