RelS_134 - Dr. Mira Z. Amiras http:/sjsu.edu/faculty/amiras/

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Dr. Mira Z. Amiras San Jose State University http://sjsu.edu/faculty/amiras/ Religious Studies [email protected] Fall Semester 2008 RelS/Hum/CA/RTVF 134 R ELIGION , F ILM AND M EDIA COURSE DESCRIPTION This class focuses on the depiction of religion, religions, religious behavior, and religious propaganda in film and media. We will explore these from a variety of points of view (e.g. emic and etic, cross-national, aesthetic) and examine the murky problem of ‘the truth’ in the depiction of religious and spiritual experience. Students will have the opportunity to examine on their own a particular genre, religious tradition, and or concern (such as, religious conflict) as it is defined and depicted in film and media. We will examine the relationship between religion, film and media both historically and in the current and shifting social and political climate. We will not be ‘just watching movies’ or considering text, TV, the internet and mixed media but rather, finding multiple meanings, messages and interpretations implicit in both form and content. In essence, the course addresses the ‘so what?’ of fact, fiction and film. In addition to films shown in class, students will be expected to watch films on their own in preparation for class lecture and discussion. Expect to delve into some of the ‘hot’ topics of the day as they are embroidered and spun. R EQUIRED R EADING SELECT THREE OF THE FOLLOWING Anderson, W.T. Reality isn’t what it used to be: Theatrical Politics, Ready-to-Wear Religion, Global Myths, Primitive Chic, and other Wonders of the Postmodern World Blythe, T. and D. Wolpert Meeting God in Virtual Reality: Using Spiritual Practices with Media Bordwell, D. Making Meaning: Influence and Rhetoric in the Interpretation of Cinema Claussen, D. Sex, Religion, Media. Ellul, J. The Humiliation of the Word. (transl J.M. Hanks) Goethals, G. The Electronic Golden Calf: Images, Religion and the Making of Meaning Hoover, S. Religion in the Media Age. Lyden, J. Film as Religion: Myths, Morals and Rituals Martens, J. The End of the World: Apocalyptic Imagination in Film and Television Martin, J. and C. Ostwalt Screening the Sacred: Religion, Myth and Ideology in Popular American Film Medved, M. Hollywood vs America: Pop Culture and the War on Traditional Values Meyer, B. & A. Moors Religion, Media and the Public Sphere [electronic resource] Postman, N. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business Riley, R. Film, Faith and Cultural Conflict: The Case of Martin Scorsese’s Last Temptation of Christ Said, E. Covering Islam: How the Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World Shaheen, J. Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People Stout, D. & J. Buddenbaum Religion and Popular Culture: Studies on the Interaction of Worldviews Tatum, W.B. Jesus at the Movies: A Guide to the First Hundred Years These books provide very different approaches to the study of religion, film and media. Look for the basic
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