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Religion, Art, and Visual Culture: A Cross-Cultural Reader / Edition 1

Religion, Art, and Visual Culture: A Cross-Cultural Reader / Edition 1

by S. Plate
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Religion, Art, and Visual Culture gathers together the most current scholarship on art, religion, visual culture, and cultural studies. The book approaches the study of world religions through the human, meaning-making activity of seeing. The essays move between specific visual subjects (painting, landscape gardens, calligraphy, architecture, mass media) and the broader theoretical discourses relevant to religion and the wider humanities today. Topics covered include art and perception; the iconicity of Jesus Christ; the relation of word and image in Islam and divine images in India.

Author Biography: S. Brent Plate is Assistant Professor of Religion and the Visual Arts at Texas Christian University.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312240295
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 04/08/2002
Edition description: 2002
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 948,601
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

S. Brent Plate is Assistant Professor of Religion and the Visual Arts at Texas Christian University.

Table of Contents

A note on the textxi
List of Illustrationsxiii
Section 1Aisthesis: Per Ceiving Between the Eye and the Mind
Introduction to Section One19
from "Vision," in A Natural History of the Senses27
from Eye and Brain: The Psychology of Seeing33
from The Object Stares Back: On the Nature of Seeing40
from "Metaphors on Vision"46
Suggestions for Further Reading52
Section 2Icon: The Image of Jesus Christ and Christian Theology
Introduction to Section Two53
from "Image"62
from Painting the Word: Christian Pictures and Their Meaning67
from The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivion73
from "'Would Jesus Have Sat for a Portrait?' The Likeness of Christ in the Popular Reception of Sallman's Art"81
Suggestions for Further Reading87
Section 3Qalam: Word and Image in Islamic Calligraphy
Introduction to Section Three89
from Mediation of Ornament101
from Calligraphy and Islamic Culture106
from "The Spiritual Message of Islamic Calligraphy" in Islamic Art and Spirituality112
from Modern Islamic Art118
Suggestions for Further Reading124
Section 4Shinjin: The Seeing Body-Mind in the Japanese Zen Garden
Introduction to Section Four125
from Buddhism and the Arts of Japan134
from The Body, Self-Cultivation, and Ki-Energy140
"The Japanese Garden: Seeing and Cultivating Micro-Macrocosmic Correlativity"145
from The Ocean in the Sand153
Suggestions for Further Reading159
Section 5Darshan: Seeing the Hindu Divine Image in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
Introduction to Section Five161
from Darshan171
from Lives of Indian Images176
from the prologue to Devi: Goddess of India182
from "All in the (Raghu) Family"187
Suggestions for Further Reading193
Section 6Zakhor: Modern Jewish Memory Built Into Architecture
Introduction to Section Six195
from Jewish Icons205
from The Texture of Memory: Holocaust Memorials and Meaning211
"Holocaust Icons, Holocaust Idols"216
"Building Zakhor: The Place of Memory in Daniel Libeskind's Jewish Museum, Berlin"224
Suggestions for Further Reading233

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