Cinema Religion and the Romantic Legacy (Ashgate Religion, Culture and Society Series)

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Coates (film studies, U. of Aberdeen, Scotland) examines the ways in which religion and spirituality have encroached upon cinema. He explores the overlaps between discourse on religion and spirituality and on the Romantic movement during the past 200 years, the relevance of questions of representation to those of religion and spirituality in European films, cinematic conceptualizations of key supernatural figures in Christianity, cinematic themes of strong resonance for popular religion, and spirituality and religion in the cinema as seen in the context of redefining post-war geo- political polarization. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Cinema, Religion and the Romantic Legacy surveys the ways in which notions of religion and spirituality have impinged upon the cinema. Cinema is conceived as a post-Romantic form for which religion and spirituality can be unified only problematically. While inspecting many of the well-established themes and topoi of writing on religion and film (such as films about priests and 'Christ-figures') it also seeks to problematize them, focusing primarily upon the issues of religious representation foregrounded by such European directors as Kieslowski and Godard. Coates draws on theories of theologians, philosophers and cultural and literary critics including: Otto, Kant, Schiller and Girard.

Addressing the relationship between religion and spirituality from a film studies specialist's perspective, this book offers all those concerned with film, media or religious studies an invaluable examination of artistic interaction with the theological and aesthetic issues of representation and representability.


About the Author:
Paul Coates, Reader in Film Studies, University of Aberdeen, UK

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Romanticism and Religion: From Horror to the Sublime 15
2 The Limits of Representation 45
3 Supernatural Persons 79
4 Aspects of Popular Religion 135
5 Spirituality and Religion: From the Eastern Bloc to the USA 163
App. 1 Blasphemy 187
App. 2 The Gospel Kerygma and Multiple Textuality 195
App. 3 Cinema and the Holy City 197
App. 4 Religion, Idealization and Exoticism: Two Test Cases 199
App. 5 St. Veronica and the Photographer 203
App. 6 Documentary and Utopian Truth 205
Index 213
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