Film, Lacan and the Subject of Religion: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Religious Film Analysis

Film, Lacan and the Subject of Religion: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Religious Film Analysis

by Steve Nolan


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In their study of religion and film, religious film analysts have tended to privilege religion. Uniquely, this study treats the two disciplines as genuine equals, by regarding both liturgy and film as representational media. Steve Nolan argues that, in each case, subjects identify with a represented 'other' which joins them into a narrative where they become participants in an ideological 'reality'.

Finding many current approaches to religious film analysis lacking, Film, Lacan and the Subject of Religion explores the film theory other writers ignore, particularly that mix of psychoanalysis, Marxism and semiotics - often termed Screen theory - that attempts to understand how cinematic representation shapes spectator identity. Using translations and commentary on Lacan not originally available to Screen theorists, Nolan returbans to Lacan's contribution to psychoanalytic film theory and offers a sustained application to religious practice, examining several 'priest films' and real-life case study to expose the way liturgical representation shapes religious identity. Film, Lacan and the Subject of Religion proposes an interpretive strategy by which religious film analysts can develop the kind of analysis that engages with and critiques both cultural and religious practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441133151
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 12/22/2011
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.49(d)

About the Author

Dr Steve Nolan is an experienced film critic and author of many jourbanal articles. He holds a PhD from the University of Manchester and works at The Princess Alice Hospice in Surrey, UK.

Table of Contents

IntroductionAn OverviewPart 1 Current approaches to religious film analysis1 Phenomenological interpretations: film as sacrament2 Literary interpretations: film as visual story3 Anthropological interpretations: film as religionPart 2 Representation in liturgy and film4 Liturgical representation: ‘others', narratives and ideological ‘realities'5 Cinematic representation: ‘others', narratives and ideological ‘realities'Part 3 What can film theory offer liturgy? 6 Cinematic identification: suture and narrative space7 Suturing suture: joining the theory together8 Suturing religious identity in the sacramental narrativeBy way of analysis

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