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Routledge Studies in Religion and Film


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Film and the Afterlife

Film and the Afterlife

1st Edition

Forthcoming

David Rankin
August 12, 2019

This book explores how post-death existence is represented in popular film, looking at issues such as continuity, personal identity, and the nature of existence beyond the grave. Film often returns to the theme of dying, death and the afterlife, both directly and indirectly, because there are very...

Transnational Cinema and Ideology: Representing Religion, Identity and Cultural Myths

Transnational Cinema and Ideology: Representing Religion, Identity and Cultural Myths

1st Edition

Milja Radovic
February 12, 2018

Increasingly, as the production, distribution and audience of films cross national boundaries, film scholars have begun to think in terms of ‘transnational’ rather than national cinema. This book is positioned within the emerging field of transnational cinema, and offers a groundbreaking study of...

American Theology, Superhero Comics, and Cinema: The Marvel of Stan Lee and the Revolution of a Genre

American Theology, Superhero Comics, and Cinema: The Marvel of Stan Lee and the Revolution of a Genre

1st Edition

Anthony Mills
February 05, 2018

Stan Lee, who was the head writer of Marvel Comics in the early 1960s, co-created such popular heroes as Spider-Man, Hulk, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, and Daredevil. This book traces the ways in which American theologians and comic books of the era were not only both saying...

Noah as Antihero: Darren Aronofsky’s Cinematic Deluge

Noah as Antihero: Darren Aronofsky’s Cinematic Deluge

1st Edition

Rhonda Burnette-Bletsch, Jon Morgan
May 10, 2017

This collection of essays by biblical scholars is the first book-length treatment of the 2014 film Noah, directed by Darren Aronofsky. The film has proved to be of great interest to scholars working on the interface between the Bible and popular culture, not only because it was heralded as the...

Religion in Contemporary European Cinema: The Postsecular Constellation

Religion in Contemporary European Cinema: The Postsecular Constellation

1st Edition

Costica Bradatan, Camil Ungureanu
April 27, 2017

The religious landscape in Europe is changing dramatically. While the authority of institutional religion has weakened, a growing number of people now desire individualized religious and spiritual experiences, finding the self-complacency of secularism unfulfilling. The "crisis of religion" is...

Theology and the Films of Terrence Malick

Theology and the Films of Terrence Malick

1st Edition

Christopher B. Barnett, Clark J. Elliston
September 01, 2016

Terrence Malick is one of the most important and controversial filmmakers of the last few decades. Yet his renown does not stem from box office receipts, but rather from his inimitable cinematic vision that mixes luminous shots of nature, dreamlike voiceovers, and plots centered on enduring...

Hermeneutic Humility and the Political Theology of Cinema: Blind Paul

Hermeneutic Humility and the Political Theology of Cinema: Blind Paul

1st Edition

Sean Desilets
July 07, 2016

This book revisits the tradition of Western religious cinema in light of scholarship on St. Paul’s political theology. The book’s subtitle derives from the account in the Book of Acts that St. Paul was temporarily blinded in the wake of his conversion on the road to Damascus. In imitation of Paul,...

The Silents of Jesus in the Cinema (1897-1927)

The Silents of Jesus in the Cinema (1897-1927)

1st Edition

David Shepherd
April 07, 2016

While Jesus has attracted the sporadic interest of film-makers since the epics of the Sixties, it is often forgotten that between the advent of motion pictures in the 1890s and the close of the "silent" era at the end of the 1920s, some of the longest, most expensive and most watched films on both...

Divine Film Comedies: Biblical Narratives, Film Sub-Genres, and the Comic Spirit

Divine Film Comedies: Biblical Narratives, Film Sub-Genres, and the Comic Spirit

1st Edition

Terry Lindvall, J. Dennis Bounds, Chris Lindvall
March 07, 2016

Divine Film Comedies creates a meaningful dialogue between stories in the Hebrew Bible and New Testament and comedies spanning the history of film. The text lies at the intersection of three disciplines: humor/comedy studies, film studies, and theology. Drawing on films from the silent era to the...

The Holy Fool in European Cinema

The Holy Fool in European Cinema

1st Edition

Alina G. Birzache
February 19, 2016

This monograph explores the way that the profile and the critical functions of the holy fool have developed in European cinema, allowing this traditional figure to capture the imagination of new generations in an age of religious pluralism and secularization. Alina Birzache traces the cultural...

World Cinema, Theology, and the Human: Humanity in Deep Focus

World Cinema, Theology, and the Human: Humanity in Deep Focus

1st Edition

Antonio Sison
June 23, 2015

Forging an open-minded but reasoned dialogue between nine acclaimed titles of world cinema, and a range of theological perspectives that touch on the theme of human experience, World Cinema, Theology, and the Human offers fresh portals of insight for the interdisciplinary area of Theology and Film....

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