[KS] Korean Religions In Practice: Soliciting Contributions

Robert Buswell buswell at humnet.ucla.edu
Tue Aug 10 20:50:02 EDT 2004

Colleagues: I am soliciting contributions to the new Korean Religions in 
Practice volume that I am currently editing for Princeton University 
Press.  (Please contact me off-line at: Buswell at humnet.ucla.edu).  I am 
especially in need of contributions on Korean Shamanism, Christianity (both 
Catholicism and Protestantism), Confucianism, and folk religions (no 
surprise that I have a lot on Buddhism already promised!), but please 
propose anything you think might fit. I would also consider including 
material on Korean-American religions.
This anthology will appear as part of the Princeton Readings in Religions 
series, which already includes such volumes as Chinese Religions in 
Practice, Japanese Religions in Practice, and Buddhism in Practice.  Like 
the other volumes in the series, Korean Religions in Practice seeks to 
reshape the ways in which religious traditions are understood. Rather than 
focusing primarily on texts of philosophy or doctrine, the series seeks to 
highlight types of discourse (especially ritual manuals, folktales, and 
oral narratives) and voices (vernacular, esoteric, domestic, and female) 
that have not been sufficiently represented in previous collections or in 
standard accounts of Korean religions. The selections may be drawn from 
ancient texts, medieval manuscripts, modern pamphlets, and contemporary 
fieldwork in Korea. Written texts in literary Chinese reflecting elite 
concerns are welcome, as are transcriptions of oral narratives.  Princeton 
much prefers translations of texts that have not previously been available 
in English, to avoid copyright issues, though some reprinting of crucial 
material is possible.
         As you know, there are few comparable anthologies available in 
English, on especially one which surveys all of Korean religion 
thematically.  There are many religious texts included in the two-volume 
Sourcebook of Korean Civilization, for example, but that material typically 
derives from the literary elite and is organize by dynastic period, making 
it difficult to trace texts by tradition.  I am tentatively planning to 
organize the material in this volume by religious tradition, but I will 
consider other schemes if the material warrants (both the Chinese Religions 
and Japanese Religions in Practice volumes are arranged thematically and 
cut across traditions).
         Individual selections should generally be no more than 25 pages 
(yielding 15 pages in print), including introduction, translation, and 
bibliography.  The series does not use notes and this volume will also 
follow that convention, so the introduction is used to explain certain 
technical matters. Princeton moves these volumes rapidly through 
production, so your contribution will be published much more quickly than 
you might typically expect. This is a great opportunity for younger 
scholars to see their work into print.

Deadline: Princeton wants the finished manuscript from me early in 2005, so 
I need to have final manuscripts by this December, 2004, at the very 
latest. Tomorrow is even better.  Please send any proposals to me ASAP.  I 
will send you a style sheet for the volume if I think I can use your 

Thanks, Robert Buswell, UCLA
Buswell at humnet.ucla.edu

Robert Buswell
Professor of Buddhist Studies, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, 
Director, Center for Buddhist Studies, UCLA
290 Royce Hall, Box 951540, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1540
(310)206-8235 (dept.); (310)825-8808 (fax)
e-mail: Buswell at humnet.ucla.edu 
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