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Madonna And The Shekhinah: The Playful Transgression Of Gender Roles In Popular Culture

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Although the three scriptural religions Judaism, Christianity, and Islam officially put a theological ban on the iconographic depiction of their god, a superficial glance at the history of these religious systems suffices to show that in them an image of the divine prevails that is formed along the Genesis concept of in the image of the human. In this chapter, the discussion of gender and role models on the one hand, and the changing functions of the Shekhinah in religious discourse on the other, forms the background of interpretation of the work of Madonna. The chapter demonstrates that Madonna is both a representative of a new kind of organization of gender differences; at the same time she plays with shaky stereotypes that have a long genealogy in Western culture.

Keywords: Christianity; god; Islam; Judaism; Madonna; Shekhinah



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