Religion and Film: Screening the Sacred
RLGS3701- 4 credits
|Dates:||November 30 - December 17, 2015|
|Days:||Monday, Tuesday, Thursday|
|Time:||12pm - 4:45pm|
Description: This course explores spirituality though film. Understanding religion requires us to take culture seriously; religion is a cultural system. In doing so, we must consider products of culture, including popular culture. This course engages both classic and more recent films as "texts" to be analyzed, not as mere entertainments or diversions. we focus not only on those films that identify them selves explicitly as "religious" or reflect a particular religious tradition, but also movies that render the subject more obliquely, which reveal- via image and sound- religion as a complex human activity.
We will see films each meeting in class, and i will ask you to write a paper analyzing comparing them, incorporating insights gained from reading and from class discussions. Our goals include understanding how film frames and mediates religious expression, in addition to gaining knowledge of religious traditions themselves, as well as gaining an appreciation for film criticism, however, I will introduce some basic terms in film theory so that students will acquire a vocabulary enabling them to discuss films.
Contact: Luis Leon
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