Religion in Contemporary Thought and Cinema

Paragraph, Volume 42, Issue 3

Edited by Libby Saxton, Anat Pick

Probes intersections between contemporary cinema and diverse theoretical, philosophical and theological engagements with religion.

The special issue responds to two concurrent phenomena: the re-emergence in the 21st century of religion as a political and cultural force, and its resurgence in a range of theoretical discourses, from postsecularism to New Atheism. Mirroring this theoretical and cultural turn, cinema across the world is renewing its acquaintance with religion as private practice, public display and political force and exploring overlapping material, spiritual and doctrinal concerns in the new millennium.

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‘Love Sick: Malick’s Kierkegaardian ‘Weightless’ Trilogy’, Robert Sinnerbrink
‘"My Heart Inclines Wholly to Know Where is the True Good": Mia Hansen-Løve’s Post Secular Search for God’, Catherine Wheatley
‘Faiza Ambah’s Mariam and the Embodied Politics of Veiling in France’, Kaya Davies Hayon
‘The Politics of Hair: Girls, Secularism and (Not) The Veil in Mustang (Ergüven) and Other Recent French films’, Fiona Handyside
‘Mondzain, Ida and the Doubting Spectator’, Libby Saxton
‘The Missing View in Global Post-Secular Cinema: Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon as a Visual Kōan’, Chia-ju Chang
‘Film’s Religious Algorithm’, Anat Pick.

Libby Saxton is Reader in Film Studies at Queen Mary, University of London. She is author of Haunted Images: Film, Ethics, Testimony and the Holocaust (Wallflower, 2008), co-author of Film and Ethics: Foreclosed Encounters (Routledge, 2010) and co-editor of Holocaust Intersections: Genocide and Visual Culture at the New Millennium (Legenda: 2013). She is writing a book on iconic images, photography and cinema.

Anat Pick is Reader in Film Studies at Queen Mary, University of London. She is author of Creaturely Poetics: Animality and Vulnerability in Literature and Film (Columbia University Press, 2011), co-editor of Screening Nature: Cinema Beyond the Human (Berghahn, 2013), and has published articles on animals, ethics and film. Her new book project is on the philosopher and mystic Simone Weil and cinema.

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