Academic journal article Communication Research Trends

Religion and Film

Academic journal article Communication Research Trends

Religion and Film

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This review, however, is intended to survey the English language literature on film and religion and to corral various research trends into suitable academic categories. (For a remarkable review of relevant literature in other languages, see May, 1997a, and Hasenberg, 1992.) Rather than looking at the critical posture or interpretative mode of the writings, I will be examining the works according to a set of scholarly and pedagogical research motives. In the larger framework, I am less concerned with theological positions or critical attitudes toward film, than I am with what methods of research or postures of intent have been appropriated and practiced by various scholars engaged in the commingled disciplines of religion and film studies, and which ones are emerging as the most heuristic (or merely fashionable) at this time. However, my debt is great as I borrow heavily from the aforementioned authors in organizing appropriate categories.

Like the sorting hat of Hogswart, my own taxonomy places works in what I deem suitable categories of scholarly approaches. One of the earliest established publications, Reverend Herbert Jump's 1911 pamphlet, The Religious Possibilities of the Motion Picture, provides a sort of prologue for historical based studies of religion and film, under the research heading of Film History and Religion--such studies accommodate the dominant issue of film censorship. …

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