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Religion, Art, and Visual Culture : A Cross-Cultural Reader - S. Plate

Religion, Art, and Visual Culture

A Cross-Cultural Reader

By: S. Plate (Editor)

Paperback Published: 8th April 2002
ISBN: 9780312240295
Number Of Pages: 240

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Religion, Art, and Visual Culture is a cross-cultural exploration of the study of visuality and the arts from a religious perspective. This forward looking and accessible collection gathers together the most current scholarship for those interested in art, religion, visual culture, and cultural studies. Inherently interdisciplinary, this reader approaches the study of world religions through the human, meaning-making activity of seeing. The volume oscillates between specific visual subjects (painting, landscape gardens, calligraphy, architecture, mass media) and the broader theoretical discourses which are relevant to Humanities students today.

'The essays in Religion, Art, and Visual Culture roam across Renaissance art galleries, YMCA lobbies, Zen Gardens, Hindu movie palaces and Holocaust museums to reveal what is unique and what is common in our human desire to see God-and His/Her desire to see us. It is an enlightening trip for anyone who keeps an altar, or wonders why other people do.' -

Donald Cosentino, Professor of World Arts and Cultures, UCLA; Curator, Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou; Editor, African Arts

'Timely, well-conceived, and clearly organized, Plate's book is also important. It considers how art is joined to religion, a concern and a weakness of Western religious traditions since antiquity, welcomes other religious traditions to the discussion, and incorporates visual culture, a field of vital scholarly interest from the 1990s. The selections anthologized here will enrich many discourses and help us understand how the holy might be communicated.' - Robert Nelson, Professor of Art History, University of Chicago and editor of Visuality Before and Beyond the Renaissance

'Brent Plate's well-chosen volume pulses with the excitement and deep purpose of popular imagery from the world's major religions. God exists in the visual details of everyday life, as well as in the high arts of formal religion. Readers will learn how sacred icons intersect with mass media, Islamic calligraphy with made-for-TV Hindu epics, Zen gardens with Holocaust memorials.' - Allen F. Roberts, Professor, UCLA, Dept. of World Arts & Cultures

'The book is a good beginning point for religion and cultural studies classes at the undergraduate and graduate level.' - Nadine Pence Frantz, Religious Studies Review

Prefacep. ix
A note on the textp. xi
List of Illustrationsp. xiii
Permissionsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Aisthesis: Per Ceiving Between the Eye and the Mind
Introduction to Section Onep. 19
from "Vision," in A Natural History of the Sensesp. 27
from Eye and Brain: The Psychology of Seeingp. 33
from The Object Stares Back: On the Nature of Seeingp. 40
from "Metaphors on Vision"p. 46
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 52
Icon: The Image of Jesus Christ and Christian Theology
Introduction to Section Twop. 53
from "Image"p. 62
from Painting the Word: Christian Pictures and Their Meaningp. 67
from The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivionp. 73
from "'Would Jesus Have Sat for a Portrait?' The Likeness of Christ in the Popular Reception of Sallman's Art"p. 81
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 87
Qalam: Word and Image in Islamic Calligraphy
Introduction to Section Threep. 89
from Mediation of Ornamentp. 101
from Calligraphy and Islamic Culturep. 106
from "The Spiritual Message of Islamic Calligraphy" in Islamic Art and Spiritualityp. 112
from Modern Islamic Artp. 118
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 124
Shinjin: The Seeing Body-Mind in the Japanese Zen Garden
Introduction to Section Fourp. 125
from Buddhism and the Arts of Japanp. 134
from The Body, Self-Cultivation, and Ki-Energyp. 140
"The Japanese Garden: Seeing and Cultivating Micro-Macrocosmic Correlativity"p. 145
from The Ocean in the Sandp. 153
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 159
Darshan: Seeing the Hindu Divine Image in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
Introduction to Section Fivep. 161
from Darshanp. 171
from Lives of Indian Imagesp. 176
from the prologue to Devi: Goddess of Indiap. 182
from "All in the (Raghu) Family"p. 187
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 193
Zakhor: Modern Jewish Memory Built Into Architecture
Introduction to Section Sixp. 195
from Jewish Iconsp. 205
from The Texture of Memory: Holocaust Memorials and Meaningp. 211
"Holocaust Icons, Holocaust Idols"p. 216
"Building Zakhor: The Place of Memory in Daniel Libeskind's Jewish Museum, Berlin"p. 224
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 233
Indexp. 235
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ISBN: 9780312240295
ISBN-10: 0312240295
Series: St Martins Press
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 8th April 2002
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.77 x 13.95  x 1.63
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1