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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2011

    Great resource for professors of Religious Studies

    This edited volume explores the creative possibilities for teaching courses on religion and film, and it was generated partly as a response to students' openness to - even expectation of - multimedia approaches to course material. It discusses some of the pedagogical challenges of using films in Religious Studies classrooms and also examines the range of theoretical approaches one might take in constructing a course that uses religion to consider film or vice versa. Several of the volume's contributors note that previous approaches to religion and film have largely focused on narrative, using techniques from textual criticism to analyze religious elements in film or how film presents a critique of religion, but one might also consider the uniqueness of film: its ability to play upon the senses (especially visual and auditory) that distinguish it from literature. They suggest ways we might better equip our students with the skills to analyze the visual media that they are increasingly exposed to, enhancing their critical thinking so that they can question what they see and not simply consume these kinds of media.

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