IST 3053, Religion and Film
Spring 2019, Tuesday, 1:00 to 4:30P
Iliff Hall I-205 (Bartlett)
In this course, students explore the interactions of religion and film. Learning goals include demonstrating:
Jolyon Mitchell and S. Brent Plate, The Religion and Film Reader (RFR) (2007) New York: Routledge. ($39.33) Key historical and contemporary essays on the relationship between religion and film from diverse cultures and religions. Includes writings by film critics and theorists, religious leaders and religious and theological studies scholars.
Johnston, Robert K., Reel Spirituality: Theology and Film in Dialogue , (2000) Grand Rapids: Baker Books. ($18.19) Introduces film criticism, overview of the interaction of church and cinema, and clearly lays out ways of relating film and theology. Rooted in a Christian world view the author also suggests ways in which the divine might be present in films that are not overtly Christian or clearly religious.
Plus, some essays and review, links indicated in syllabus.
Doctoral Students (In addition to the books above):
Lyden, John C., Film as Religion: Myths, Morals and Rituals , (2003) NY: New York University Press. ($20.80) Builds a Geertzian definition of religion rooted in understandings of myth and ritual, and argues that film should be understood as a form of religion (not simply as another form of social discourse in dialogue with religion) and suggests that understandings of interreligious dialogue provide a model for the discussion of the interaction of film and more traditional forms of religion. Part Two applies the method developed to a series of popular genres. No attention is given to films overtly about religion.
Martin, Joel W. and Conrad E. Ostwalt Jr. Screening the Sacred: Religion, Myth and Ideology in Popular American Film , Boulder: Westview Press, 1995. ($28.20) Draws distinctions between theological criticism rooted in Christian assumptions, mythic criticism rooted in cross cultural archetypal studies, and ideological criticism which explores how myths affect society – with particularly attention to race, class and gender.
Note: The costs for books noted above are for paperbacks ordered through Amazon. There are also Kindle versions and used copies available for these texts.
FILMS: Click the syllabus for a list of films to be viewed and discussed in class. You will need to have access to the assigned films in order to view them outside of class. All of the films, which will be our primary texts for discussion and analysis, are available through Netflix. For most students this is the easiest way to have reliable access to the films. Many of these films are not available through Netflix for live streaming, so you will need to have – at least for a few months - a plan that allows for mail delivery of a DVD. They are also available from a variety of other rental sources, some you may find in your local library or on YouTube. But be cautious, downloads from free sites sometimes come with a virus and usually raises copyright infringement issues. I encourage you to use Netflix or another source with clear rights to distribute the film.
Click on the syllabus for information about assignments and a calendar of screenings, readings, and topics. Click here for the grading scale .
Masters Student Groups
4/9 Jesus of Montrea l: Paul Grossman, Alex Tomkin, David Akito
4/16, Hallelujah! , Courtney Robinson, Stefanie Fajardo, Tonya Cavallar
5/6 Children of Heaven : May Raynard, Emmet Altsman, Javon Bracy
NOTE: Week Five, the course will meet online.
Below you will find links for those discussions
and to post your final paper.
|Apr 03, 2019||Wed||Schrader Reading on Bresson, Diary of a Country Priest||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 10, 2019||Wed||Mahan, Celuloid Savior||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 23, 2019||Tue||Close Analysis of "Babette's Feast"||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 24, 2019||Wed||Discuss, Babette's Feast||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 25, 2019||Thu||Discuss, "Responding to Movies Theologically"||due by 05:59AM|
|Apr 26, 2019||Fri||Discuss, Podle, "Feasting with Lutherans"||due by 05:59AM|
|May 01, 2019||Wed||Michael Willmington and Roger Ebert, on Kieslowski's Decalogue||due by 05:59AM|
|May 07, 2019||Tue||Annie Gregory on Majid Majid and the New Iranian Cinema||due by 05:59AM|
|May 08, 2019||Wed||Very Brief Intros to Islam - skip Kiarostami reading in The Religion and Film Reader.||due by 05:59AM|
|May 14, 2019||Tue||Recent article on this week's film maker Asghar Farhadi||due by 05:59AM|
|May 22, 2019||Wed||Research Paper||due by 05:59AM|
|May 29, 2019||Wed||Nicholas Cage interview with Paul Schrader on First Reformed||due by 05:59AM|