Representing Religion In World Cinema / Edition 1

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Religious traditions have provided a seemingly endless supply of subject matter for film, from the Ten Commandments to the Mahabharata. At the same time, film production has engendered new religious practices and has altered existing ones, from the cult following of The Rocky Horror Picture Show to the 2001 Australian census in which 70,000 people indicated their religion to be "Jedi Knight." Representing Religion in World Cinema begins with these mutual transformations as the contributors query the two-way interrelations between film and religion across cinemas of the world. Cross-cultural and interdisciplinary by nature, this collection by an international group of scholars draws on work from religious studies, film studies, and anthropology, as well as theoretical impulses in performance, gender, ethnicity, colonialism, and postcolonialism.

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Editorial Reviews

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"...argues persuasively for conceptualizing a georeligious film aesthetic. It does so by examining the infinitely varied processes by which films from diverse cultures and nations embody religious ideas and values which themselves are revitalized in the quintessential twentieth-century art form. This multi-disciplinary, multi-national volume promises to open up new perspectives on the complex relationships among religion, culture, spectatorship and cinema."—Matthew Bernstein, Emory University

"Representing Religion in World Cinema: Mythmaking, Filmmaking, Culture Making is a far-ranging, provocative collection that pushes the boundaries of religion-and-cinema studies way beyond where, for too long, they have rested too comfortably. The essays are carefully selected and usefully introduced by Brent Plate, so the volume will be most useful in the university classroom."—Ron Grimes, Wilfrid Laurier University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403960511
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Series: Religion/Culture/Critique Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

S. Brent Plate is Assistant Professor of Religion and the Visual Arts at Texas Christian University. He is the editor of Religion, Art, and Visual Culture (Palgrave 2002).

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Table of Contents

Jai Santoshi Maa Revisited: On Seeing a Hindu "Mythological" Film—Philip Lutgendorf
• "My Story Begins Before I Was Born": Myth, History, and Power in Julie Dash's Daughters of the Dust—Judith Weisenfeld
• Orpheus On Screen: Open and Closed Forms—Linda C. Ehrlich
• Between Time and Eternity: Theological Notes on Shadows and Fog—Paul Nathanson
• The Art of Presence: Buddhism and Korean Films—Francisca Cho
• Pentecostalism, Prosperity, and Popular Cinema in Ghana—Birgit Meyer
• The Islamic Apocalypse: Mohsen Makhmalbaf's Moment of Innocence—Lloyd Ridgeon
• Performative Pilgrims and The Shifting Grounds of Anthropological Documentary—Luis A. Vivanco
• Perfumed Nightmare: Religion and the Philippine Postcolonial Struggle in Third Cinema—Antonio D. Sison
• Pathologies of Violence: Religion and Postcolonial Identity in New Zealand Cinema—Janet Wilson
• Santería and the Quest for a Postcolonial Identity in Post-Revolutionary Cuban Cinema—Edna M. Rodríguez-Mangual
• "The Eyes of All People are Upon Us": American Civil Religion and the Birth of Hollywood—Kris Jozajtis

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