Representing Religion in World Cinema: Filmmaking, Mythmaking, Culture Making

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S. Brent Plate, S. Plate
Palgrave Macmillan, Nov 29, 2003 - Performing Arts - 272 pages
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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S. BRENT PLATE is Assistant Professor of Religion and the Visual Arts at Texas Christian University. His previous publications include Imag(in)ing Otherness: Filmic Visions of Living Together, The Apocalyptic Imagination: Aesthetics and Ethics at the End of the World and Religion, Art, and Visual Culture (Palgrave).

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