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Seeing Film and Reading Feminist Theology: A Dialogue

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Seeing is an act of relating. Being in relation, according to much of feminist theology, can be an ethical activity. This book is based on the assumption that seeing can be an ethical way of relating to the other. Through looking, on the one hand, at films that describe women artists who see another person, and, on the other, at feminist theology, this book puts forward an original view of the act of seeing as a gesture of respect for and belief in another person's visible and invisible sides, which guarantees ...

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Overview

Seeing is an act of relating. Being in relation, according to much of feminist theology, can be an ethical activity. This book is based on the assumption that seeing can be an ethical way of relating to the other. Through looking, on the one hand, at films that describe women artists who see another person, and, on the other, at feminist theology, this book puts forward an original view of the act of seeing as a gesture of respect for and belief in another person's visible and invisible sides, which guarantees the safekeeping of the other's memory.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Ulrike Vollmer has written a deeply interdisciplinary work which contributes creatively to thinking in feminist theology, art theory, and the developing field of film and religion. In the context of detailed, technical but highly readable studies of three films about (and by) woman artists, she revisits both the philosophical and cultural issues in seeing and being seen, and explores what it means for a woman to 'exercise the freedom of the eye'. This is a truly creative book which deserves to be widely read and studied."—David Jasper, Professor of Literature and Theology, University of Glasgow

"Gender and religion are both, in part, constructed through the mediating visual performances of television, drama, art, and film. Ulrike Vollmer performs a critical task in the ongoing scholarly relation between religion and film by intersecting the religion-film relation with feminist film theory, paying careful attention to the ways the camera produces gender. In so doing, she articulates a vital, interdisciplinary arena in which humans see gender on screen, and what we might be able to do to see differently."—S. Brent Plate, editor of Religion, Art, and Visual Culture and Representing Religion in World Cinema

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403974358
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/4/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 5.77 (w) x 8.55 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Ulrike Vollmer is Teaching Fellow in Religious Studies and Islamic Studies in the Department of Theology at the University of Wales. Her publications are in the area of film and theology and Bible and film. She has studied theology and Religious Education in Freiburg (Germany), Leeds (UK) and Sheffield (UK).

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• Seeing and being seen: A philosophical view
• Seeing and being seen in cinema: Feminist film theory * Seeing and being seen: A feminist theological view * Camille Claudel
• Artemisia
• Learning to see in a new way: Artemisia in dialogue with feminist theology
• The Tango Lesson
• Learning to love with one's eyes: A theological view of The Tango Lesson *Conclusion
• Appendix 1: Film script Artemisia
• Appendix 2: Film script The Tango Lesson *Appendix 3: Interview with Sally Potter

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