'Religion and the Arts' Set to Debut

Boston College-based journal is Jesuit Institute outgrowth

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

Religion and the Arts , an interdisciplinary journal based at Boston College, is scheduled to debut later this month with an approximately 150-page edition exploring religious experience and its expression in the verbal, visual and performing arts.

Conceived through faculty discussions at the Jesuit Institute six years ago, the quarterly journal will contain essays, illustrations and photographs. The first issue has been in preparation for approximately a year, according to Prof. Dennis Taylor (English), the editor, who said approximately 4,000 copies will be printed and distributed nationally to public and academic libraries, schools of art, museums and arts organizations, and individual subscribers.

"It is quite an eclectic issue," said Taylor last week. "But it follows our agenda, which is to offer explorations of new approaches to religious and spiritual aspects of works of art; discussions of the role of religion in cultural studies, and its relationship with other scholarly discourses; and critical overviews of the state of scholarship in particular areas involving the arts."

Taylor has written a commentary for the issue, tentatively titled "The Need for a Religious Literary Criticism," which he said would serve as an introduction to Religion and the Arts . The edition will have a special feature on Andy Warhol, with a preface by Reva Wolf, a former Fine Arts faculty member currently at The Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. Other articles focus on such topics as comparative studies in religious visual arts and Donatello's famous sculpture "David." The journal also will feature brief book reviews as well as notes on conferences and other events of interest.

Prof. Dennis Taylor (English), editor of Religion and the Arts. (Photo by Lee Pellegrini)

Religion and the Arts received about 80 essays for consideration, which Taylor said was an encouraging start. The journal's articles are usually 5,000 to 10,000 words, he said, and reviews normally under 5,000 words.

Taylor noted that the journal will have its own home page on the World Wide Web in the near future, and will offer an electronic mail forum to discuss issues relating to the publication.

Those interested in obtaining a subscription to Religion and the Arts , Taylor said, should call (800)627-0629.

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