Faith and Spirituality in Masters of World Cinema: Volume II
Editor: Kenneth R. Morefield
Date Of Publication: Oct 2011
Faith and Spirituality in Masters of World Cinema, Volume II continues the work presented in the first volume of this title, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2008. It provides informed yet accessible articles that will give readers an introduction to masters of world cinema whose works explore the themes of human spirituality and religious faith.
Volume II contains essays dealing with canonical directors notably absent from the first entry of the series (such as Godard and Kurosawa) while also including examinations of contemporary auteurs who are still actively working (for example, Andersson, and von Trier). While retaining a truly international emphasis—it includes essays about directors from the United States, Canada, Iran, Sweden, India, Denmark, Italy, Mexico, Australia, and Japan—Volume II also acts as an important contribution to canon formation, illustrating the complexity and variety in the films of those who are truly the masters of world cinema.
Built solidly around close, formal readings of selective films, the essays in Volume II also demonstrate familiarity with film history and bring insight from such varied disciplines as New Testament Studies, Clinical Psychology, Art History, and Medieval History. It also seeks to broaden the understanding of ‘faith’ and ‘spirituality,’ examining how the meaning of such terms changes as the cultures that produce the art that defines them continues to evolve.
Kenneth R. Morefield is an Associate Professor of English at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina, USA. He has taught Literature and Film to both graduate and undergraduate students and has published essays in the journals Persuasions, Style, Midwest Quarterly and the anthologies Perceptions of Religious Faith in the Work of Graham Greene and The Deep End of South Park: Critical Essays on Television’s Shocking Cartoon. He is the founder and editor of 1More Film Blog and a regular contributor to Christianity Today Movies & TV.
"Volume two of Kenneth Morefiled's Faith and Spirituality in Masters of World Cinema extends and amplifies the recent religious turn in humanities study, illuminating the diversity of religious consciousness across the world and how it is reflected in contemporary film. It is an invaluable volume both for its engagement with world cinema and as a supplemental text for teaching film."
- James Rovira, Associate Professor of English, Tiffin University. Author, Blake and Kierkegaard: Creation and Anxiety
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