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A Style-Sensitive Approach to Religion and Film

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Abstract Religion and film courses have become popular additions to undergraduate course calendars. However, this relatively new discipline still lacks methodological sophistication. The present study proposes that instructors and critics should begin to afford attention to the ways in which films articulate meaning through their audio-visual, stylistic dimensions. Film style is an important element of filmmaking that has largely been ignored by scholars of religion. By affording attention to the aspects of film that distinguish it from other artistic media, critics and instructors will be able to better illuminate the manner in which religious material is expressed through the film medium.

Affiliations: 1: Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto 170 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8, Canada


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