Film, Lacan and the Subject of Religion: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Religious Film Analysis by Steve NolanFilm, Lacan and the Subject of Religion: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Religious Film Analysis by Steve Nolan

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

bySteve Nolan

Paperback | December 22, 2011

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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 returns 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.
Dr Steve Nolan is an experienced film critic and author of many journal articles. He holds a PhD from the University of Manchester and works at The Princess Alice Hospice in Surrey, UK.
Title:Film, Lacan and the Subject of Religion: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Religious Film AnalysisFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:December 22, 2011Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction An Overview Part 1 Current approaches to religious film analysis 1 Phenomenological interpretations: film as sacrament 2 Literary interpretations: film as visual story 3 Anthropological interpretations: film as religion Part 2 Representation in liturgy and film 4 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 space 7 Suturing suture: joining the theory together 8 Suturing religious identity in the sacramental narrative By way of analysis

Editorial Reviews

"In this engrossing and provocative study, Steve Nolan explores the insights which film theory has to offer to the study of religion and film. Rather than focusing on theological meanings or religious narratives within the film, Nolan argues that it is in the effects on the spectator that we discover the analogy between liturgy and cinema. Engaging closely with the theoretical perspectives of the journal Screen and with Lacanian psychoanalysis, Nolan opens up exciting new possibilities for approaching the liturgy as a form of participative representation, analogous to film, and the implications of this for the construction of religious identities, the transmission of religious ideology, and the role of the priest in the liturgical performance." - Professor Tina Beattie, Roehampton University, UK