Religious experiences have become increasingly relevant to contemporary understandings of modern multi-cultural European communities, including those in Norway. In the USA, multi-cultural and multi-religious experiences have been part of the social fabric for centuries and have often been reflected in American literature. In Female Voices and Religious Identity. Dialogues with Students of Literature, issues pertaining to religion and identity have been explored through a reader-response study of female Norwegian students of American literature. The books deal with religious experiences in four world religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Hinduism. The students come from majority-culture and minority- culture backgrounds and represent various religious and secular world views.
Signe Mari Wiland is Professor Emeritus of English/English Didactics at the University of Agder, where she has taught English and American literature, culture and didactics for many years. She has developed courses in teacher education based on extensive reader-response research among students and learners of English at various levels. She has been editor of the online journal Nordic Journal of Modern Language Methodology.