Teaching Religion and Film

Teaching Religion and Film

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by Gregory J Watkins
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195335988

ISBN-13: 9780195335989

Pub. Date: 08/22/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press

In a culture increasingly focused on visual media, students have learned not only to embrace multimedia presentations in the classroom, but to expect them. Such expectations are perhaps more prevalent in a field as dynamic and cross-disciplinary as religious studies, but the practice nevertheless poses some difficult educational issues — the use of movies in

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In a culture increasingly focused on visual media, students have learned not only to embrace multimedia presentations in the classroom, but to expect them. Such expectations are perhaps more prevalent in a field as dynamic and cross-disciplinary as religious studies, but the practice nevertheless poses some difficult educational issues — the use of movies in academic coursework has far outpaced the scholarship on teaching religion and film. What does it mean to utilize film in religious studies, and what are the best ways to do it?

In Teaching Religion and Film, an interdisciplinary team of scholars thinks about the theoretical and pedagogical concerns involved with the intersection of film and religion in the classroom. They examine the use of film to teach specific religious traditions, religious theories, and perspectives on fundamental human values. Some instructors already teach some version of a film-and-religion course, and many have integrated film as an ancillary to achieving central course goals. This collection of essays helps them understand the field better and draws the sharp distinction between merely "watching movies" in the classroom and comprehending film in an informed and critical way.

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ISBN-13:
9780195335989
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
08/22/2008
Series:
American Academy of Religion Book Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Contributors     xi
Introduction: Teaching Religion and Film   Gregory J. Watkins     3
Establishing Shot: Viewing the Field of Religion and Film
What Are We Teaching When We Teach "Religion and Film"?   William L. Blizek   Michele Desmarais     17
Teaching Religion and Film: A Fourth Approach   Conrad Ostwalt     35
Film and the Teaching of Religious Traditions
Teaching Biblical Tourism: How Sword-and-Sandal Films Clouded My Vision   Alice Bach     57
Designing a Course on Religion and Cinema in India   Gayatri Chatterjee     77
Buddhism, Film, and Religious Knowing: Challenging the Literary Approach to Film   Francisca Cho     117
The Pedagogical Challenges of Finding Christ Figures in Film   Christopher Deacy     129
Film and the Introduction to Islam Course   Amir Hussain     141
Is It All about Love Actually? Sentimentality as Problem and Opportunity in the Use of Film for Teaching Theology and Religion   Clive Marsh     155
Women, Theology, and Film: Approaching the Challenge of Interdisciplinary Teaching   Gaye Williams Ortiz     165
The Religious Studies Approach
Seeing Is Believing, but Touching's the Truth: Religion, Film, and the Anthropology of the Senses   Richard M. Carp     177
There Is No Spoon? Teaching The Matrix, Postperennialism, and the Spiritual Logic of Late Capitalism   Gregory Grieve     189
Teaching Film as Religion   John C. Lyden     209
Filmmaking and World Making: Re-Creating Time and Space in Myth and Film   S. Brent Plate     219
Introducing Theories of Religion through Film: A Sample Syllabus   Gregory J. Watkins     233
The Values Approach
Touching Evil, Touching Good   Irena S. M. Makarushka     253
Teaching Ethics with Film: A Course on the Moral Agency of Women   Ellen Ott Marshall     265
Searching for Peace in Films about Genocide   Jolyon Mitchell     283
Index     295

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This edited volume explores the creative possibilities for teaching courses on religion and film, and it was generated partly as a response to students' openness to - even expectation of - multimedia approaches to course material. It discusses some of the pedagogical challenges of using films in Religious Studies classrooms and also examines the range of theoretical approaches one might take in constructing a course that uses religion to consider film or vice versa. Several of the volume's contributors note that previous approaches to religion and film have largely focused on narrative, using techniques from textual criticism to analyze religious elements in film or how film presents a critique of religion, but one might also consider the uniqueness of film: its ability to play upon the senses (especially visual and auditory) that distinguish it from literature. They suggest ways we might better equip our students with the skills to analyze the visual media that they are increasingly exposed to, enhancing their critical thinking so that they can question what they see and not simply consume these kinds of media.