Female Voices and Religious Identity

Dialogues With Students of Literature

By Signe Mari Wiland

In the US, multi-cultural and multi-religious experiences have been part of the social fabric for centuries and have often been reflected in American literature. Religious experiences have also become increasingly relevant to the contemporary understandings of modern, multi-cultural, European communities, including those in Norway. In this book, issues pertaining to religion and identity are explored through a reader-response study of Norwegian female students of American literature. The book deals with the religious experiences of four world religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism. The female students in this study come from majority and minority cultural backgrounds and represent various religious and secular world views. In addition to the reader responses presented, the book also discusses the function of literature in a didactic and religious context, and questions literature's role as a means to stage dialogues between different religious and ethnic groups in Norway.

Publication Date: 12/31/2013
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9788283140064