The Journal of Popular Romance Studies is looking for essays, interviews, and pedagogical materials on love and religion in global popular culture, for a special issue guest-edited by Lynn S. Neal (Romancing God: Evangelical Women and Inspirational Fiction). How do film, fiction, popular music, and other media represent the complex relationships between love and religion? How do these representations compare across national, cultural, and theological divides, and what happens when they cross those boundaries? How have they changed over time? What can a sophisticated understanding of love in religious discourse—from whatever tradition—teach us about individual songs, films, novels, or other popular texts?
Topics of particular interest include:
- Theologies of love in popular song: Leonard Cohen, U2, Richard Thompson, Al Green, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Niyaz, Shye Ben-Tzur, etc.
- Sacred and secular love in popular culture: drawing boundaries, blurring distinctions
- Interfaith romance (Jewish / Christian, Hindu / Muslim, etc.) in popular culture
- Love, Religion, and Politics in popular culture
- Romance vs. Religion: warnings, advice literature, debates over idolatry, etc.
- Romantic love as a surrogate or secular religion
- Christian inspirational romance fiction, and its non-Christian equivalents: studies of individual novels, publishing lines, reader behavior, etc.
- Crossover texts and figures: Rumi, the Song of Songs, etc.
- God as lover and beloved in popular culture
- Sacred love stories in popular culture (Krishna / Radha, Majnun / Layla, Adam / Eve, etc.)
- One Love, or many? Rastafari, Wiccan, and other traditions of love in popular culture
Please submit scholarly papers of no more than 10,000 words by June 1, 2012, to An Goris, Managing Editor managing(dot)editor(at) jprstudies(dot)org. Longer manuscripts of particular interest will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Submissions should be Microsoft Word documents, with citations in MLA format.
The text came from Lynn S. Neal and JPRS. The images etc have been added by me. The YouTube video contains a song, "Who is the Loved One" by Sami Yusuf. The photo of Jewish Rhapsodies for Those In Love came from Flikr via The Contemporary Jewish Museum. The image of Kamadeva came from Wikimedia Commons, as did the photo of Sue McFarlane's tombstone, which was taken by Alan Walker. It reads
HI. I'M SUE MCFARLANE (NEE LILLEY) BORN 26.8.1956 PASSED OVER 24.10.1995 THANK YOU FOR COMING HERE TODAY. MY SPIRIT IS WITH YOU AND I LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING UP AGAIN IN A WONDERFUL HEAVEN. I LOVE YOU ALL BE HAPPY AND MAY GOD BE WITH YOU. THERE ARE THREE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS; FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT IS LOVE. AMEN. TO MY FAMILY X X X