Screening Scripture / Edition 1

Screening Scripture / Edition 1

by George Aichele
     
 

ISBN-10: 1563383543

ISBN-13: 9781563383540

Pub. Date: 05/01/2002

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Screening Scripture offers a unique new perspective on religion and film. The book proposes that there is no natural connection between scripture and film-even for those movies that seem to have an obvious relationship to religious text. It is only the viewer that makes this connection. From this perspective, Screening Scripture opens up new possibilities for viewing…  See more details below

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Screening Scripture offers a unique new perspective on religion and film. The book proposes that there is no natural connection between scripture and film-even for those movies that seem to have an obvious relationship to religious text. It is only the viewer that makes this connection. From this perspective, Screening Scripture opens up new possibilities for viewing these movies and reading these texts with each other.

The contributors to this volume serve as creative viewers who make these connections for some of today's most popular and provocative films. The scriptures discussed include not only the Bible, but apocryphal, heretical, and non-Western scriptures. In the hands of these writers, the films provide fresh insights into the scriptures. Contributors to this volume:

George Aichele (Adrian College) on Pleasantville
Roland Boer (Monash University) on Total Recall
Ralph Brabban (Chowan College) on Midnight Cowboy
Fred Burnett (Anderson University) on Lethal Weapon
Carl Dyke (Methodist College) on The Life of Brian
Julie Kelso (University of Queensland) on David and Bathsheba
Neal McCrillis (Columbus State University) on The Giant Behemoth
Tina Pippin (Agnes Scott College) on Dracula
Jennifer Rohrer-Walsh (Methodist College) on The Prince of Egypt
Mark Roncace (Emory University) on Sling Blade
Erin Runions (Barnard College) on Boys Don't Cry
Jeffrey Staley (Seattle University) on Patch Adams
Richard Walsh (Methodist College) on End of Days

George Aichele is Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan and is the author of The Control of Biblical Meaning.

Richard Walsh is Professor of Religion, co-director of the Honors Program, and Assistant Academic Dean at Methodist College, Fayetteville, North Carolina, and is the author of Mapping the Myths of Biblical Interpretation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563383540
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
05/01/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Scripture as Precursor
1On Finding a Non-American Revelation: End of Days and the Book of Revelation1
2Of Gods and Demons: Blood Sacrifice and Eternal Life in Dracula and the Apocalypse of John24
3Atomic Anxiety in Cold War Britain: Science, Sin, and Uncertainty in Nuclear Monster Films42
4Alienation, Sex, and an Unsatisfactory Ending: Themes and Features of Stories Old and New58
5Coming-of-Age in The Prince of Egypt77
6Sitcom Mythology100
7Non-Sense: Total Recall, Paul, and the Possibility of Psychosis120
8Gazing at Impotence in Henry King's David and Bathsheba155
9Why Girls Cry: Gender Melancholia and Sexual Violence in Ezekiel 16 and Boys Don't Cry188
10Meeting Patch Again for the First Time: Purity and Compassion in Marcus Borg, the Gospel of Mark, and Patch Adams213
11Learning from The Life of Brian: Saviors for Seminars229
12The Characterization of Martin Riggs in Lethal Weapon 1: An Archetypal Hero251
13Paradoxical Protagonists: Sling Blade's Karl and Jesus Christ279
Movies Cited301
Bibliography305
Contributors323
Index of Names327
Index of Texts331

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