Imaging Religion in Film: The Politics of Nostalgia

Hardcover | December 15, 2011

byM. Gail Hamner

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Imaging Religion in Film offers a new methodology for examining the ethico-political dimensions of religion and film, one that foregrounds film's social power both to shape subjectivity and to image contemporary social contradictions. Specifically, the text develops a Foucauldian ethics of the subject, or 'pedagogy of self,' a Deleuzian-Peircean semiotic for discussing religion in film, and a theory of religion within postmodernity that rethinks transcendence alongside a politically galvanizing nostalgia. This theoretical work prefaces analyses of three specific films: Kurosawa's Dersu Uzala (1972); Kiarostami's Taste of Cherry (1997); and the Coens' The Man Who Wasn't There (2001).

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Imaging Religion in Film offers a new methodology for examining the ethico-political dimensions of religion and film, one that foregrounds film's social power both to shape subjectivity and to image contemporary social contradictions. Specifically, the text develops a Foucauldian ethics of the subject, or 'pedagogy of self,' a Deleuzia...

Gail Hamner is an associate professor in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:212 pages, 9 × 5.63 × 0.67 inPublished:December 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230339867

ISBN - 13:9780230339866

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Introduction: Interpreting Religion and Film * PART I: FILM STUDY * Akira Kurosawa: "What is a Thing?": Posing the Religious in Dersu Uzala (1975) * Kiarostami: The Face of Modernity Alienation and Transcendence in Taste of Cherry (1997) * Joel and Ethan Coen: Searching for a Way Out Alienation and Intimacy in The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001) * PART II: THEORETICAL REFLECTIONS * Religious Realism