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 “On a Cannibal Island”: Theater

Terryl C. Givens

in People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195167115
eISBN:
9780199785599
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167115.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Disapproval of theater goes back to the Puritans, and was typical in most religious traditions. Mormons built the Salt Lake Theatre soon after arrival in the Valley. Young forebad tragedy, but it ... More


 “Cinema as Sacrament”: Theater and Film

Terryl C. Givens

in People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195167115
eISBN:
9780199785599
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167115.003.0017
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Film has largely replaced theater as the dramatic medium for Mormon artists. Film was early employed in the anti-Mormon campaign, and Mormons learned early to use it for their own purposes. ... More


Memory

Cathy Gutierrez

in Plato's Ghost: Spiritualism in the American Renaissance

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195388350
eISBN:
9780199866472
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388350.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter explores Victorian ideas of memory and mourning in America and argues that shifts in religious concepts regarding the saved and the damned accounted for a dramatic increase in the ... More


Rite out of Place: Ritual, Media, and the Arts

Ronald L. Grimes

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195301441
eISBN:
9780199850952
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301441.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Much ritual studies scholarship still focuses on central religious rites. For this reason, this book argues, dominant theories, like the data they consider, remain stubbornly conservative. The book ... More


Theatrical Liberalism: Jews and Popular Entertainment in America

Andrea Most

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814708194
eISBN:
9780814707982
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814708194.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

For centuries, Jews were one of the few European cultures without any official public theatrical tradition. Yet in the modern era, Jews were among the most important creators of popular theater and ... More


Staging Faith: Religion and African American Theater from the Harlem Renaissance to World War II

Craig R. Prentiss

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814707951
eISBN:
9780814708408
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814707951.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

In the years between the Harlem Renaissance and World War II, African American playwrights gave birth to a vital black theater movement in the United States. It was a movement overwhelmingly ... More


Shelly Zer-Zion, Habima beBerlin: miysudo shel teatron tziyoni (Habima in Berlin: The Institutionalization of a Zionist Theater). Jerusalem: Magnes, 2015. 282 pp.

Richard I. Cohen (ed.)

in Place in Modern Jewish Culture and Society

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780190912628
eISBN:
9780190912659
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190912628.003.0036
Subject:
Religion, Judaism, Religion and Society

This chapter reviews the book Habima beBerlin: miysudo shel teatron tziyoni (Habima in Berlin: The Institutionalization of a Zionist Theater) (2015), by Shelly Zer-Zion. Habima in Berlin tells the ... More


Setting the Stage

Craig R. Prentiss

in Staging Faith: Religion and African American Theater from the Harlem Renaissance to World War II

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814707951
eISBN:
9780814708408
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814707951.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter narrates how black playwrights in the 1920s inherited the history of tensions between theater and church, as well as the bridges opened to theater by progressive congregations. However, ... More


Blackness in the Image of God

Craig R. Prentiss

in Staging Faith: Religion and African American Theater from the Harlem Renaissance to World War II

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814707951
eISBN:
9780814708408
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814707951.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter looks at plays that frame Christianity in a positive light and utilize the Bible as raw material to tell stories affirming the dignity of the African American people. Authors Marita ... More


Jews, Theatricality, and Modernity

Andrea Most

in Theatrical Liberalism: Jews and Popular Entertainment in America

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814708194
eISBN:
9780814707982
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814708194.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Throughout the twentieth century, American Jews were instrumental in the development of the major industries and entertainment forms that provided mass culture to a majority of Americans: Broadway, ... More


Mapping Ritual

Ronald L. Grimes

in The Craft of Ritual Studies

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780195301427
eISBN:
9780199369164
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301427.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Here, ritual is treated as if it were a domain occupying cultural space. Then, in order to determine ritual's conceptual “shape,” it is compared to other domains, notably sport, music, and theatre.


“Has this thing appeared again tonight?”: Deus Ex Machina and Other Theatrical Interventions of the Supernatural

Freddie Rokem

in Things: Religion and the Question of Materiality

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780823239450
eISBN:
9780823239498
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823239450.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The appearance of the supernatural on the theatrical stage as well as on the movie screen, in particular through a deus ex machina, but also in the form of ghosts or dybbuks, is still, even after the ... More


Mormons and Materialism: Struggling against the Ideology of Separation

Colleen McDannell

in Secularization and Religious Innovation in the North Atlantic World

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
June 2017
ISBN:
9780198798071
eISBN:
9780191839344
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198798071.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

By consistently conflating spirit and matter, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has steadfastly resisted secularization theory’s prediction of the inevitable decline and marginalization ... More


Large-Scale FLDS Raids: The Dangers and Appeal of Crime Control Theater

Camille B. Lalasz and Carlene A. Gonzalez

in Saints Under Siege: The Texas State Raid on the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814795286
eISBN:
9780814795309
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814795286.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines the 2008 Texas state raid on the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints (FLDS) at the Yearning for Zion Ranch and the 1953 raid on Short Creek in Arizona in ... More


The Empty Church: Theater, Theology, and Bodily Hope

Shannon Craigo-Snell

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
June 2014
ISBN:
9780199827923
eISBN:
9780199373680
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827923.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This book offers a novel vision of church through interdisciplinary conversation between performance studies, theater directors, and Christian theologians. Each chapter brings a theater director into ... More


Henia Rottenberg and Dina Roginsky (eds.), Sara Levi-Tanai: ḥayim shel yetzirah (Sara Levi-Tanai: A Life of Creation). Tel Aviv: Resling, 2015. 334 pp.

Richard I. Cohen (ed.)

in Place in Modern Jewish Culture and Society

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780190912628
eISBN:
9780190912659
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190912628.003.0033
Subject:
Religion, Judaism, Religion and Society

This chapter reviews the book Sara Levi-Tanai: hayim shel yetzirah (Sara Levi-Tanai: A Life of Creation) (2015), edited by Henia Rottenberg and Dina Roginsky. Sara Levi-Tanai chronicles the life of ... More


Our Lady of Café con Leche: The Social Construction of Catholic Devotion

María Del Socorro Castañeda-Liles

in Our Lady of Everyday Life: La Virgen de Guadalupe and the Catholic Imagination of Mexican Women in America

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780190280390
eISBN:
9780190280437
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190280390.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter argues that Mexican children in Catholic households are introduced to Catholicism via material culture and family traditions at home. That is, religious material objects and customs form ... More


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