Journal of Religion and Popular Culture

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 1, April

Academic Films in the Classroom: A History
Academic Films in the Classroom: A History Geoff Alexander, Academic Films in the Classroom: A History. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2010. 233 pp. $55.00 USD (Hardcover) ISBN: 978 0 78645 870 7 Like most Baby Boomers, my public school...
Doomsday America: The Pessimistic Turn of Post-9/11 Apocalyptic Cinema
Introduction The terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001 had a profound impact on the body politic of America. The attacks produced a wide-ranging and diverse response that situated 9/11 as an exceptional event in modern-day US history. In this respect,...
From the Sacred to the Performative: Tamil Film Star Fan Clubs, Religious Devotion and the Material Culture of Film Star Portraits
Audiences and congregations (obviously, the terms are not exclusive) are continually redrawing and blurring what were once conceived as the rigid boundaries between the sacred and the profane, between religious traditions and mass entertainment (1)....
Graven Images: Religion in Comic Books and Graphic Novels
Graven Images: Religion in Comic Books and Graphic Novels A. David Lewis and Christine Hoff Kraemer, eds, Graven Images: Religion in Comic Books and Graphic Novels. London and New York: Continuum, 2010. 366 + xiipp. $95.00 and $34.95 USD ISBN: 978...
Hidden in Music: Religious Experience and Pop Festivals
Introduction "Music is a way to escape reality ... The vibrations of the music make it spiritual." --Philippe Herbaut, guitarist in Act Of Gods "Music: my drug, my pain, my relief, and sometimes my mood. How could music not be more spiritual?...
Implicit Biblical Motifs in Almodovar's Hable Con Ella and Volver the Bible as Intertext
Most scholarly contributions on cinema and Bible have focused on films based on biblical stories or characters, containing biblical quotations or symbols, or developing biblical themes (i.e., sin, redemption, paradisiacal place). (1) Many contemporary...
Jews, Race and Popular Music
Jews, Race and Popular Music Jon Stratton, Jews, Race and Popular Music. Surrey: Ashgate, 2009. 238 pp. $99.95 USD (Hardcover) ISBN: 978 0 75466 804 6 In Jews, Race and Popular Music Jon Stratton tells a good story with academic rigour and care...
Managing Collaboration in the Thirty Years War: Culture, Politics and the Influence of Donald Wildmon
Grant Tinker calls him "a jerk." Playboy recently labeled him "the Tupelo ayatollah." And NBC's Brandon Tartikoff says the boycott campaign is "the first step toward a police state." (1) --USA Today There is a culture war going on for the soul...
Supernatural Fiction in Early Modern Drama and Culture
Supernatural Fiction in Early Modern Drama and Culture Ryan Curtis Friesen, Supernatural Fiction in Early Modern Drama and Culture. Brighton, Portland, and Toronto: Sussex Academic Press, 2010. 249 + x pp. $74.95 USD (Hardcover) ISBN: 978 1 84519 329...
The Ends of Sacrifice: Mel Gibson's Apocalypto as a Christian Apology for Colonialism
Mel Gibson is famous for many things: as star and now director of some of the more violent films created in an age seemingly devoted to violence; as director of The Passion of the Christ (2004), a hyperbrutal and ostensibly literal depiction of Christ's...
Toying with God: The World of Religious Games and Dolls
Toying with God: The World of Religious Games and Dolls Nikki Bado-Fralick and Rebecca Sachs Norris, Toying with God: The World of Religious Games and Dolls. Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 2010. 232 + xvi pp. $24.95 USD / $25.16 CDN (Paperback)...
Unpardonable Sins: The Mentally Ill and Evangelicalism in America
Part I: Introduction Many recent critics have pointed out the fear of homosexuals inherent in evangelical attempts to heal "ex-gays." Yet relatively little attention has been paid to the label that the religious right has placed on gays and lesbians:...
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