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- DescriptionFrom The Matrix and Harry Potter to Stargate SG:1 and The X-Files, recent science fiction and fantasy offerings both reflect and produce a sense of the religious. This work examines this pop-culture spirituality, or postmodern sacred, showing how consumers use the symbols contained in explicitly unreal texts to gain a secondhand experience of transcendence and belief. Topics include how media techlogies like CGI have blurred the lines between real and unreal, the polytheisms of Buffy and Xena, the New Age Gsticism of The DaVinci Code, the Islamic Other and science fiction's response to 9/11, and the Christian Right and popular culture. Today's pervasive, saturated media culture, this work shows, has utterly collapsed the sacred/profane binary, so that popular culture is t only powerfully shaped by the discourses of religion, but also shapes how the religious appears and is experienced in the contemporary world.
- Author BiographyEmily McAvan teaches cultural, media and gender studies at Murdoch University and Curtin University, both in Perth, Australia. Her work on religion and culture has appeared in print in The Journal of Literature & Theology, The Bible and Critical Theory, and The Journal of Postcolonial Writing.
- Author(s)Emily McAvan
- PublisherMcFarland & Co Inc
- Date of Publication15/10/2012
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationJefferson, NC
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMcFarland & Co Inc
- Weight318 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
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