Film as Religion: Myths, Morals, and Rituals

3.63 avg rating
( 38 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780814751817: Film as Religion: Myths, Morals, and Rituals
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2003

Film as Religion argues that popular films perform a religious function in our culture. Like more formal religious institutions, films can provide us with ways to view the world and values to confront it. Lyden contends that approaches which interpret films only ideologically or theologically miss the mark in understanding their appeal to viewers. He develops an alternative method which shows how films can be understood as representing a “religious” worldview in their own right.

Lyden surveys the state of the study of religion and film, offering an overview of previous methods before presenting his own. Rather than seeking to uncover hidden meanings in film detectable only to scholars, Lyden emphasizes how film functions for its audiencesᾹthe beliefs and values it conveys, and its ritual power to provide emotional catharsis. He includes a number of brief cases studies in which he applies this method to the study of film genres—including westerns and action movies, children's films, and romantic comedies—and individual films from The Godfather to E.T., showing how films can function religiously.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

John C. Lyden is Professor and Chair of the Religion Department at Dana College in Blair, Nebraska. He is the editor of Enduring Issues in Religion.

Review:

“John Lyden has entered into the arena of Religion and Film books with an extremely adept contender. His review of the literature on existing approaches to religion and film should be required reading by film enthusiasts and theologians alike. What his conclusions offer in terms of a new approach are solid, convincing and most promising for the future of the field.”
-Tony S. L. Michael,co-chair, Religion, Film and Visual Culture, AAR



“Lyden’s book is well-written, insightful, and especially engaging for anyone who loves movies."”
-Religious Studies Review



“. . . offers several new perspectives on this increasingly popular and gradually more critical area. It also is wellsuited for the religious studies classroom. Lyden’s writing is clear, and he nicely describes some of the more difficult theories of religion in ways that are accessible to undergraduates. In fact, the next time I teach my course "Myth and Ritual on Film" I will assign Film as Religion because of its analogizing methods of showing how film does indeed function as religion in contemporary U.S. culture.”
-Journal of the American Academy of Religion



“Lyden offers perceptive criticisms of some of the most influential ways of talking about myth.”
-Crisis Magazine



“A very important book. Lyden urges respect for how films actually function for people who watch them. He lays out an insightful and compelling case for considering film-watching a religious activity. In so doing, he offers a major challenge to all those who discuss culture, religion and theology today.”
-Clive Marsh,co-editor of Explorations in Theology and Film

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 26.00
US$ 25.21

Convert Currency

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.

Destination, Rates & Speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

John C. Lyden
Published by New York University Press, United States (2003)
ISBN 10: 0814751814 ISBN 13: 9780814751817
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description New York University Press, United States, 2003. Paperback. Condition: New. New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2003 Film as Religion argues that popular films perform a religious function in our culture. Like more formal religious institutions, films can provide us with ways to view the world and values to confront it. Lyden contends that approaches which interpret films only ideologically or theologically miss the mark in understanding their appeal to viewers. He develops an alternative method which shows how films can be understood as representing a religious worldview in their own right. Lyden surveys the state of the study of religion and film, offering an overview of previous methods before presenting his own. Rather than seeking to uncover hidden meanings in film detectable only to scholars, Lyden emphasizes how film functions for its audiencesá¾ the beliefs and values it conveys, and its ritual power to provide emotional catharsis. He includes a number of brief cases studies in which he applies this method to the study of film genres-including westerns and action movies, children s films, and romantic comedies-and individual films from The Godfather to E.T., showing how films can function religiously. Seller Inventory # AAJ9780814751817

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 25.21
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

John C. Lyden
Published by New York University Press, United States (2003)
ISBN 10: 0814751814 ISBN 13: 9780814751817
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description New York University Press, United States, 2003. Paperback. Condition: New. New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2003 Film as Religion argues that popular films perform a religious function in our culture. Like more formal religious institutions, films can provide us with ways to view the world and values to confront it. Lyden contends that approaches which interpret films only ideologically or theologically miss the mark in understanding their appeal to viewers. He develops an alternative method which shows how films can be understood as representing a religious worldview in their own right. Lyden surveys the state of the study of religion and film, offering an overview of previous methods before presenting his own. Rather than seeking to uncover hidden meanings in film detectable only to scholars, Lyden emphasizes how film functions for its audiencesá¾ the beliefs and values it conveys, and its ritual power to provide emotional catharsis. He includes a number of brief cases studies in which he applies this method to the study of film genres-including westerns and action movies, children s films, and romantic comedies-and individual films from The Godfather to E.T., showing how films can function religiously. Seller Inventory # AAJ9780814751817

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 26.64
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Lyden, John C.
Published by New York Univ Pr (2003)
ISBN 10: 0814751814 ISBN 13: 9780814751817
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description New York Univ Pr, 2003. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # KS-9780814751817

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 22.66
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Lyden, John C.
Published by New York Univ Press
ISBN 10: 0814751814 ISBN 13: 9780814751817
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Print on Demand
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description New York Univ Press. Condition: BRAND NEW. BRAND NEW Softcover - This title is now printed on demand - please allow added time for shipment! A Brand New Quality Book from a Full-Time Veteran Owned Bookshop in business since 1992!. Seller Inventory # 2598444

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 27.94
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Lyden, John C.
Published by New York University Press 6/1/2003 (2003)
ISBN 10: 0814751814 ISBN 13: 9780814751817
New Paperback or Softback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description New York University Press 6/1/2003, 2003. Paperback or Softback. Condition: New. Film as Religion: Myths, Morals, and Rituals. Book. Seller Inventory # BBS-9780814751817

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 32.31
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Lyden, John C.
Published by New York University Press (2003)
ISBN 10: 0814751814 ISBN 13: 9780814751817
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description New York University Press, 2003. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK in 4 to 14 days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # CA-9780814751817

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 19.94
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 12.50
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

John C. Lyden
Published by NYU Press (2018)
ISBN 10: 0814751814 ISBN 13: 9780814751817
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description NYU Press, 2018. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used! This item is printed on demand. Seller Inventory # 0814751814

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 31.67
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Lyden John C.
Published by New York University Press
ISBN 10: 0814751814 ISBN 13: 9780814751817
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Majestic Books
(London, ,, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description New York University Press. Condition: New. pp. 289. Seller Inventory # 7932870

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 26.18
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.64
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

John Lyden
Published by NYU Press
ISBN 10: 0814751814 ISBN 13: 9780814751817
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description NYU Press. Paperback. Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Seller Inventory # B9780814751817

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 25.10
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.64
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Lyden, John
Published by NYU Press (2016)
ISBN 10: 0814751814 ISBN 13: 9780814751817
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Print on Demand
Seller:
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description NYU Press, 2016. Paperback. Condition: New. PRINT ON DEMAND Book; New; Publication Year 2016; Not Signed; Fast Shipping from the UK. No. book. Seller Inventory # ria9780814751817_lsuk

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 32.02
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.38
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book