How Hysterical: Identification and Resistance in the Bible and Film

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How Hysterical reads scenes from the films Light It Up, Remember the Titans, Three Kings, Paris is Burbaning, Boys Don't Cry, and Magnolia alongside biblical texts from Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Micah, Matthew, and Revelation. An innovation in studies on Bible and film, How Hysterical is less centered on direct citation of the Bible in film than on analyses of hypostasized biblical influence in culture. Here, through accessible engagement with feminist, queer, postcolonial and ideological ...

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Overview

How Hysterical reads scenes from the films Light It Up, Remember the Titans, Three Kings, Paris is Burbaning, Boys Don't Cry, and Magnolia alongside biblical texts from Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Micah, Matthew, and Revelation. An innovation in studies on Bible and film, How Hysterical is less centered on direct citation of the Bible in film than on analyses of hypostasized biblical influence in culture. Here, through accessible engagement with feminist, queer, postcolonial and ideological critical theories, Erin Runions discusses the processes by which biblical and filmic texts can both bolster and disrupt identifications with the norms that drive politics and culture.

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"Through sophisticated transdisciplinary analysis of the nexus of the Bible and film, How Hysterical greatly advances our understanding of some of the politics, dynamics, and complexities of identity formation. It should have a great impact across several different fields, not the least of which I hope will be biblical studies." -Vincent L. Wimbush, Union Theological Seminary

"This book marks a major step forward in biblical and cultural studies. Runions offers a wise and incisive mapping of the complex circuits through which biblical themes and images circulate within popular culture. At the same time, she points us toward rich new possibilities for 'thinking otherwise'." - Randall Styers, Department of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312295738
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Series: Religion/Culture/Critique
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Erin Runions is Assistant Professor, Department of Theology, St. Bonaventure University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• Hysterical Phalli: Numbers 16, Gustafsen Lake, Light It Up, and Police Brutality
• Hollywood's Hegel Reads the Bible: Remember the Titans, Race Relations, and the Prison Industrial Complex
• Framing the Golden Fetish: Three Kings and the Biblical Exodus Tradition
• Zion is Burbaning: Genderfuck and Hybridity in Micah and Paris is Burbaning
• Why Girls Cry: Gender Melancholia and Sexual Violence in Ezekiel 16 and Boys Don't Cry
• Falling Frogs and Family Traumas: Mediating Apocalypse in Magnolia - with Adrienne Gibb

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