Religion And Film
- Professor(s): Chad Seales
- When: 2013
- Where: University of Texas at Austin / RS 346
This course surveys representations of religious beliefs, practices, persons, and institutions in popular film. Focusing on the media consumption of box office movies in the United States, we will examine how religion is imagined in film and how that religious imagination relates to social constructions of national, ethnic, racial, gender, and sexual identities. Although we will briefly address some of the technical aspects of film production, our primary concern will be to interpret the ways in which films portray religion against the backdrop of American history. We will use the vehicle of the silver screen to reflect on how a shared religious imagination has shaped the way we understand ourselves as Americans. By the end of this course, students should be able to think, discuss, and write critically about film from a religious studies perspective. Students should be able to identify a range of religious traditions as depicted in film, compare and contrast those depictions, and situate them within a larger narrative of American religious history.