Religious Narratives in Contemporary Culture: Between Cultural Memory and Transmediality analyses the meaning and role of religion in western cultural practices in the twenty-first century. This inquiry situates itself at the intersection between cultural memory studies and the transmedial study of narrative and art. Contributors focus on genres which have yet to receive significant critical attention within the field, including speculative fiction films and television series, autobiographical prose and poetry, and action-adventure video games. In this time of crisis, where traces of religious thinking still persist in the presence or absence of religious faith, this volume’s collective look into some of their cultural embodiments is necessary and timely. The volume is addressed primarily to scholars and students interested in intersections between religious and cultural studies, revisions of traditional religious narratives, literature as a space of reflection on today's world, contemporary media studies and remediation.
Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru's editing work in the last stages of this volume was supported by a grant of the Romanian Ministry of Education and Research, CNCS – UEFISCDI, project number PN-III-P3-3.6-H2020-0035.
Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru, Ph.D. (2000), is Associate Professor of English at the University of Bucharest. She has published articles and monographs on postmodernism and postcolonialism, including
Performance and Performativity in Contemporary Indian Fiction in English (Brill | Rodopi, 2015).
Dragoș Manea, Ph.D. (2018), is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Bucharest. His work lies at the intersection of adaptation and cultural memory studies, and includes
Literature and Cultural Memory (co-edited with Mihaela Irimia and Andreea Paris, Brill, 2017).
Contributors are: Maria-Alina Asavei, Sonia Caputa, Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru, Marcel Inhoff, Anthony Miccoli, Dragoș Manea, Andrei Nae, Mihaela Precup, Olga V. Solovieva.
Scholars and students interested in intersections between religious and cultural memory studies, revisions of traditional religious narratives, literature as a space of reflection on today's world, media studies and remediation.