Religion and Media

Religion and Media

by Hent de Vries
     
 


The latter part of the twentieth century saw an explosion of new media that effected profound changes in human categories of communication. At the same time, a "return to religion" occurred on a global scale. The twenty-five contributors to this volume—including Jacques Derrida, Jean-Luc Nancy, Talal Asad, and James Siegel—confront the conceptual,… See more details below

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The latter part of the twentieth century saw an explosion of new media that effected profound changes in human categories of communication. At the same time, a "return to religion" occurred on a global scale. The twenty-five contributors to this volume—including Jacques Derrida, Jean-Luc Nancy, Talal Asad, and James Siegel—confront the conceptual, analytical, and empirical difficulties involved in addressing the complex relationship between religion and media.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804734974
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Series:
Cultural Memory in the Present Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
672
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author


Hent de Vries holds the Chair of Metaphysics and its History in the Department of Philosophy of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam, and is Professor of Modern European Thought in the Humanities Center of the School of Arts and Sciences at The Johns Hopkins University.

Table of Contents

Contributors
Pt. IIntroducing the Concepts
In Media Res: Global Religion, Public Spheres, and the Task of Contemporary Comparative Religious Studies3
Religion, Repetition, Media43
"Above All, No Journalists!"56
Theory on TV: "After-Thoughts"94
The Deconstruction of Christianity112
Reading a Modern Classic: W. C. Smith's The Meaning and End of Religion131
Pt. IISeeing and Believing: Historical and Philosophical Considerations
Mimesis and the Ban on Graven Images151
In the Workshop of Equivalences: Translation, Institutions, and Media in the Jesuit Re-Formation of China163
Images of Iron: Ignatius of Loyola and Joyce182
Luther with McLuhan198
Tele-vision: Between Blind Trust and Perceptual Faith216
"The Catholicism of Cinema": Gilles Deleuze on Image and Belief227
Mission Impossible: Postcards, Pictures, and Parasites241
Pt. IIILocal Rites, Global Media: Critical and Anthropological Approaches
Kiblat and the Mediatic Jew271
The Cassowary Will (Not) Be Photographed: The "Primitive," the "Japanese," and the Elusive "Sacred" (Aru, Southeast Moluccas)304
A Remaking of Hinduism?: or, Taking the Mickey Out of Valmiki320
Mirror Image: Layered Narratives in Photographic and Televised Mediations of Ise's Shikinen Sengu339
Reconciliation Without Justice376
Channel-Surfing: Media, Mediumship, and State Authority in the Maria Lionza Possession Cult (Venezuela)388
Production of Fundamentalism: On the Dynamics of Producing the Radically Different435
Filmic Judgment and Cultural Critique: The Work of Art, Ethics, and Religion in Iranian Cinema456
The Aboriginal Medium: Negotiating the Caesura of Exchange487
Before the Law: Reading the Yuendumu Doors with Eric Michaels514
Pt. IVTwo Documents
The Religious Medium531
Morality and the Secrets of Religion555
Notes569

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