RELI 362: Religion and Film

RELI 362-DL1: Religion and Film
(Spring 2021)

10:30 AM to 11:45 AM MW

Online

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Section Information for Spring 2021

Once upon a time anciently song and ceremonies, carved and painted images, and eventually written texts became historically dominant means of conveying (religious) stories, ideas, and values. But since the turn of the twentieth century film has increasingly emerged to join if not supersede these popular media. And whether an audience or even filmmaker explicitly recognizes it or not, religious symbols, themes, and tensions continue to permeate much cinematic work.

This is a course about how religion has been explicitly as well as implicitly depicted and engaged in feature films (vs. documentaries and other genres). While the course is not a “world religions” survey taught with movies nor a find-the-Christ-character in films, it aims to build upon and further expand understandings of specific (un)familiar religions and aspects of religion as (un)willingly portrayed and creatively engaged in notable movies.

The first portion of the course will examine the presentation of particular religions, which will provide a general baseline knowledge of various religions and styles of (significant) feature films. The second portion of the course will explore particular aspects or concepts of religion(s), such as: love/grace/mercy, evil/sin, fate/law/justice, ethics/heroes, [extraordinary] power/freedom, etc.

RELI 362 DL1 is a distance education section.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Surveys representations of religious beliefs, practices, persons, and institutions in popular film. Focuses on the media consumption of box office movies in the United States. Examines how religion is imaged in film and how that religious imagination relates to social constructions of national, ethnic, racial, gender, and sexual identities. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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