The Sacred Gaze

The Sacred Gaze
Author: David Morgan
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 333
Release: 2005-05-31
ISBN 10: 0520938305
ISBN 13: 9780520938304
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Sacred Gaze Book Review:

"Sacred gaze" denotes any way of seeing that invests its object—an image, a person, a time, a place—with spiritual significance. Drawing from many different fields, David Morgan investigates key aspects of vision and imagery in a variety of religious traditions. His lively, innovative book explores how viewers absorb and process religious imagery and how their experience contributes to the social, intellectual, and perceptual construction of reality. Ranging widely from thirteenth-century Japan and eighteenth-century Tibet to contemporary America, Thailand, and Africa, The Sacred Gaze discusses the religious functions of images and the tools viewers use to interpret them. Morgan questions how fear and disgust of images relate to one another and explains how scholars study the long and evolving histories of images as they pass from culture to culture. An intriguing strand of the narrative details how images have helped to shape popular conceptions of gender and masculinity. The opening chapter considers definitions of "visual culture" and how these relate to the traditional practice of art history. Amply illustrated with more than seventy images from diverse religious traditions, this masterful interdisciplinary study provides a comprehensive and accessible resource for everyone interested in how religious images and visual practice order space and time, communicate with the transcendent, and embody forms of communion with the divine. The Sacred Gaze is a vital introduction to the study of the visual culture of religions.

The Dark Gaze

The Dark Gaze
Author: Kevin Hart
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 301
Release: 2004-11-30
ISBN 10: 0226318117
ISBN 13: 9780226318110
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Dark Gaze Book Review:

Maurice Blanchot is among the most important twentieth-century French thinkers. Figures such as Bataille, Deleuze, Derrida, and Levinas all draw deeply on his novels and writings on literature and philosophy. In The Dark Gaze, Kevin Hart argues that Blanchot has given us the most persuasive account of what we must give up—whether it be continuity, selfhood, absolute truth, totality, or unity—if God is, indeed, dead. Looking at Blanchot’s oeuvre as a whole, Hart shows that this erstwhile atheist paradoxically had an abiding fascination with mystical experiences and the notion of the sacred. The result is not a mere introduction to Blanchot but rather a profound reconsideration of how his work figures theologically in some of the major currents of twentieth-century thought. Hart reveals Blanchot to be a thinker devoted to the possibilities of a spiritual life; an atheist who knew both the Old and New Testaments, especially the Hebrew Bible; and a philosopher keenly interested in the relation between art and religion, the nature of mystical experience, the link between writing and the sacred, and the possibilities of leading an ethical life in the absence of God.

The Cambridge Companion to Religious Studies

The Cambridge Companion to Religious Studies
Author: Robert A. Orsi
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 428
Release: 2012
ISBN 10: 0521883911
ISBN 13: 9780521883917
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Cambridge Companion to Religious Studies Book Review:

Informative and provocative, this book introduces readers to debates in the contemporary study of religion and suggests future research possibilities.

The Embodied Eye

The Embodied Eye
Author: David Morgan
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 258
Release: 2012-02-01
ISBN 10: 0520272226
ISBN 13: 9780520272224
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Embodied Eye Book Review:

"Exploring a dazzling variety of religious imagery, David Morgan shows how vision functions as an active, physical process, embedded in bodily experience and profoundly shaped by social practice. Morgan's bold, thoughtful interpretations will fascinate art historians and students of visual culture as well as historians of religion.” -Pepe Karmel, Department of Art History, New York University "The Embodied Eye is an important and truly groundbreaking book. It represents a substantive and quite fascinating extension of David Morgan's previous work- especially as it impressively shows us how 'seeing' is the primary medium of social life, and materially integrates the body of the individual and the body of the group. Morgan is unquestionably the pioneering theorist in the whole emergent field of Visual and Culture Studies as it relates to religion and art." -Norman Girardot, University Distinguished Professor, Lehigh University “Under David Morgan’s inspiring guidance, readers are taken on a dazzling journey through religious images that mediate worlds of faith. Embedding vision in the body, this book stands out with its thought-provoking approach to religious media as material and embodied interfaces that underpin the social construction of the sacred.” -Birgit Meyer, Professor of Religious Studies, Utrecht University

The Sacred Gaze

The Sacred Gaze
Author: Susan R. Pitchford
Publsiher: Liturgical Press
Total Pages: 180
Release: 2014-04-07
ISBN 10: 0814635938
ISBN 13: 9780814635933
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Sacred Gaze Book Review:

Eight hundred years ago, Clare of Assisi advised a correspondent to gaze into the mirror of the crucified Christ and study her own face within it. A hundred years ago, sociologist Charles Horton Cooley said we can know our self only as it is reflected to us by others. Contemplation is the choice to find our reflection in the divine Mirror. In The Sacred Gaze, Susan Pitchford explores how a false self is created by distortions in the mirrors around us. Drawing from the mystical and sociological traditions, and with practical suggestions for how to begin, Pitchford shows how gazing into the face of Christ can reveal to us who we really are. When the true self is known, and known as God’s beloved, the way is opened to radical freedom and joy.

The Sacred Gaze

The Sacred Gaze
Author: David Morgan
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 318
Release: 2005-05-31
ISBN 10: 0520243064
ISBN 13: 9780520243064
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Sacred Gaze Book Review:

David Morgan investigates the key aspects of vision & imagery in a variety of religious traditions, including the functions of religious images & the tools that viewers use to interpret them.

On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art

On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art
Author: James Elkins
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 148
Release: 2004-12-15
ISBN 10: 1135879702
ISBN 13: 9781135879709
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art Book Review:

Can contemporary art say anything about spirituality? John Updike calls modern art "a religion assembled from the fragments of our daily life," but does that mean that contemporary art is spiritual? What might it mean to say that the art you make expresses your spiritual belief? On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art explores the curious disconnection between spirituality and current art. This book will enable you to walk into a museum and talk about the spirituality that is or is not visible in the art you see.

Key Words in Religion Media and Culture

Key Words in Religion  Media and Culture
Author: David Morgan
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2008-06-30
ISBN 10: 1134060661
ISBN 13: 9781134060665
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Key Words in Religion Media and Culture Book Review:

'From The Passion of the Christ to the presumed 'clash of civilizations', religion's role in culture is increasingly contested and mediated. Key Words in Religion, Media, and Culture is a welcome and interdisciplinary contribution that maps the territory for those who aim to make sense of it all. Highlighting the important concepts guiding state-of-the-art research into religion, media, and culture, this book is bound to become an important and frequently consulted resource among scholars both seasoned and new to the field.' –Lynn Schofield Clark 'David Morgan has assembled here a fine team of scholars to prove beyond a doubt that the intersections of religion, media, and culture constitute one of the most stimulating fields of inquiry around today...This highly useful and theoretically sophisticated text will likely assume 'ritual' status in this emergent field.' – Rosalind I. J. Hackett, University of Tennessee, US 'This volume is a major intervention in the literature on religion, media and culture. Drawing together leading international scholars, it offers a conceptual map of the field to which students, teachers and researchers will refer for many years to come. The publication of Key Words in Religion, Media and Culture is a significant moment in the formation of this area of study, and sets a standard for cross-disciplinary collaboration and theoretical and methodological sophistication for future work in this area to follow.' – Gordon Lynch, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK 'This book offers a range of refreshing essays on the relationships between media and religion. Its selected keywords open doors to understanding contemporary society. The cultural perspectives on mediation and religious practices give some illuminating and surprising analyses.' – Knut Lundby, University of Oslo, Norway

Religion Art and Visual Culture

Religion  Art  and Visual Culture
Author: S. Brent Plate
Publsiher: Palgrave Macmillan
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2002-02-23
ISBN 10: 9780312240035
ISBN 13: 0312240031
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religion Art and Visual Culture Book Review:

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.

Religion and Material Culture

Religion and Material Culture
Author: David Morgan
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2010
ISBN 10: 9780415481151
ISBN 13: 0415481155
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religion and Material Culture Book Review:

Religious belief is rooted in and sustained by material practice, and this book provides an extraordinary insight into how it works on the ground. David Morgan has brought together a lively group of writers from religious studies, anthropology, history of art, and other disciplines, to investigate belief in everyday practices; in the objects, images, and spaces of religious devotion and in the sensations and feelings that are the medium of experience. By avoiding mind/body dualism, the study of religion can break new ground by examining embodiment, sensation, space, and performance. Materializing belief means taking a close look at what people do, how they feel, the objects they exchange and display, and the spaces in which they perform whether spontaneously or with scripted ceremony. Contributions to the volume examine religions around the worldâe"from Korea and Brazil to North America, Europe, and Africa. Belief is explored in a wealth of contexts, including Tibetan Buddhism, the hajj, American suburbia and the world of dreams, visions and UFOs.

Sensational Religion

Sensational Religion
Author: Sally M. Promey
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 704
Release: 2014-06-24
ISBN 10: 0300187351
ISBN 13: 9780300187359
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sensational Religion Book Review:

The result of a collaborative, multiyear project, this groundbreaking book explores the interpretive worlds that inform religious practice and derive from sensory phenomena. Under the rubric of "making sense," the studies assembled here ask, How have people used and valued sensory data? How have they shaped their material and immaterial worlds to encourage or discourage certain kinds or patterns of sensory experience? How have they framed the sensual capacities of images and objects to license a range of behaviors, including iconoclasm, censorship, and accusations of blasphemy or sacrilege? Exposing the dematerialization of religion embedded in secularization theory, editor Sally Promey proposes a fundamental reorientation in understanding the personal, social, political, and cultural work accomplished in religion’s sensory and material practice. Sensational Religion refocuses scholarly attention on the robust material entanglements often discounted by modernity’s metaphysic and on their inextricable connections to human bodies, behaviors, affects, and beliefs.

Dimensions of the Sacred

Dimensions of the Sacred
Author: Ninian Smart
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 331
Release: 1996
ISBN 10: 9780520219601
ISBN 13: 0520219600
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dimensions of the Sacred Book Review:

"Dimensions of the Sacred is arguably one of the most comprehensive and readable accounts of religion that we have had in the past thirty years. Not only does it provide a rich analysis of religious experience, but he also includes much that has been overlooked by other interpreters of the world's religions."—Richard D. Hecht, coauthor of The Sacred Texts of the World

Re Enchantment

Re Enchantment
Author: James Elkins,David Morgan
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2011-01-13
ISBN 10: 1135902313
ISBN 13: 9781135902315
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Re Enchantment Book Review:

The near-absence of religion from contemporary discourse on art is one of the most fundamental issues in postmodernism. Artists critical of religion can find voices in the art world, but religion itself, including spirituality, is taken to be excluded by the very project of modernism. The sublime, "re-enchantment" (as in Weber), and the aura (as in Benjamin) have been used to smuggle religious concepts back into academic writing, but there is still no direct communication between "religionists" and scholars. Re-Enchantment, volume 7 in The Art Seminar Series, will be the first book to bridge that gap. The volume will include an introduction and two final, synoptic essays, as well as contributions from some of the most prominent thinkers on religion and art including Boris Groys, James Elkins, Thierry de Duve, David Morgan, Norman Girardot, Sally Promey, Brent Plate, and Christopher Pinney.

Sex Gender and the Sacred

Sex  Gender and the Sacred
Author: Joanna de Groot,Sue Morgan
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2014-04-03
ISBN 10: 1118833945
ISBN 13: 9781118833940
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sex Gender and the Sacred Book Review:

Sex, Gender and the Sacred presents a multi-faith,multi-disciplinary collection of essays that explore theinterlocking narratives of religion and gender encompassing 4,000years of history. Contains readings relating to sex and religion that encompass4,000 years of gender history Features new research in religion and gender across diversecultures, periods, and religious traditions Presents multi-faith and multi-disciplinary perspectives withsignificant comparative potential Offers original theories and concepts relating to gender,religion, and sexuality Includes innovative interpretations of the connections betweenvisual, verbal, and material aspects of particular religioustraditions

Images at Work

Images at Work
Author: David Morgan
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 232
Release: 2018-02
ISBN 10: 0190272112
ISBN 13: 9780190272111
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Images at Work Book Review:

Images can be studied in many ways--as symbols, displays of artistic genius, adjuncts to texts, or naturally occurring phenomena like reflections and dreams. Each of these approaches is justified by the nature of the image in question as well as the way viewers engage with it. But images are often something more when they perform in ways that exhibit a capacity to act independent of human will. Images come alive--they move us to action, calm us, reveal the power of the divine, change the world around us. In these instances, we need an alternative model for exploring what is at work, one that recognizes the presence of images as objects that act on us. Building on his previous innovative work in visual and religious studies, David Morgan creates a new framework for understanding how the human mind can be enchanted by images in Images at Work. In carefully crafted arguments, Morgan proposes that images are special kinds of objects, fashioned and recognized by human beings for their capacity to engage us. From there, he demonstrates that enchantment, as described, is not a violation of cosmic order, but a very natural way that the mind animates the world around it. His groundbreaking study outlines the deeply embodied process by which humans create culture by endowing places, things, and images with power and agency. These various agents--human and non-human, material, geographic, and spiritual--become nodes in the web of relationships, thus giving meaning to images and to human life. Marrying network theory with cutting-edge work in visual studies, and connecting the visual and bodily technologies employed by the ancient Greeks and Romans to secular icons like Che Guevara, Abraham Lincoln, and Mao, Images at Work will be transformative for those curious about why images seem to have a power of us in ways we can't always describe.

The Sacred Book of the Werewolf

The Sacred Book of the Werewolf
Author: Victor Pelevin
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2008-09-04
ISBN 10: 1440638012
ISBN 13: 9781440638015
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Sacred Book of the Werewolf Book Review:

The world?s first Zen Buddhist paranormal romance?published to coincide with Halloween One of the most progressive writers at work today, Victor Pelevin?s comic inventiveness has won him comparisons to Kafka, Calvino, and Gogol, and Time has described him as a ?psychedelic Nabokov for the cyberage.? In The Sacred Book of the Werewolf, a smash success in Russia and Pelevin?s first novel in six years, paranormal meets transcendental with a splash of satire as A Hu-Li, a two-thousand-year-old shape-shifting werefox from ancient China meets her match in Alexander, a Wagner-addicted werewolf who?s the key figure in Russia?s Big Oil. Both a supernatural love story and an outrageously funny send-up of modern Russia, this stunning and ingenious work of the imagination is the sharpest novel to date from Russia?s most gifted literary malcontent.

Gaze Upon Jesus

Gaze Upon Jesus
Author: Kelly M. Wahlquist
Publsiher: Ave Maria Press
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2018-08-24
ISBN 10: 159471830X
ISBN 13: 9781594718304
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Gaze Upon Jesus Book Review:

What if you had walked beside the Virgin Mary from the Annunciation to the point at which she and Joseph found Jesus in the temple? How might seeing Christ as a child impact you and your faith? WINE: Women In the New Evangelization offers its second, six-week scripture study, this time following the infancy and early years of Christ as seen through the eyes of Mary and other familiar and imagined women in the gospels. Founder Kelly Wahlquist and ten other members of WINE uniquely blend scripture reflections, imaginative encounters, and visio divina “sacred seeing” with practical spirituality and discussion questions that will help you take a prayerful and creative journey through Advent and the Christmas season. Not much is known about the childhood of Jesus, but the Gospels highlight six key moments in his early life: the angel Gabriel proclaiming Jesus’ birth to Mary at the Annunciation a pregnant Mary visiting her cousin Elizabeth the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem the presentation of Jesus in the temple the flight of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus to Egypt discovering the twelve-year-old Jesus in the temple Week by week, you will dig deep into each of the scriptural vignettes of Jesus’ early life and grow in your faith as you learn about virtues such as humility, patience, charity, reverence, prudence, and courage. Each chapter uses an image that allows you to practice visio divina, the ancient practice of praying with sacred art. The images are included in an eight-page, full-color insert. Gaze Upon Jesus will appeal to women who want to deepen their relationship with Jesus during Advent. Contributors to this inspiring scripture study include: Alyssa Bormes, Sarah Christmyer, Mary Healy, Maria Morera Johnson, Stephanie Landsem, Elizabeth Lev, Joan Lewis, Deborah Savage, Kelly Wahlquist, Katie Warner, and Carol Younger. Popular Catholic media personality Teresa Tomeo, also a member of WINE, wrote the foreword for the book. As an individual or group study, Gaze Upon Jesus is a memorable way to encounter the God who sent his Son to show us his loving Father’s heart.

Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun

Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun
Author: Paul Seesequasis
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2019-10-22
ISBN 10: 0735273316
ISBN 13: 9780735273313
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun Book Review:

A revelatory portrait of eight Indigenous communities from across North America, shown through never-before-published archival photographs--a gorgeous extension of Paul Seesequasis's popular social media project. In 2015, writer and journalist Paul Seesequasis found himself grappling with the devastating findings of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission report on the residential school system. He sought understanding and inspiration in the stories of his mother, herself a residential school survivor. Gradually, Paul realized that another, mostly untold history existed alongside the official one: that of how Indigenous peoples and communities had held together during even the most difficult times. He embarked on a social media project to collect archival photos capturing everyday life in First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities from the 1920s through the 1970s. As he scoured archives and libraries, Paul uncovered a trove of candid images and began to post these on social media, where they sparked an extraordinary reaction. Friends and relatives of the individuals in the photographs commented online, and through this dialogue, rich histories came to light for the first time. Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun collects some of the most arresting images and stories from Paul's project. While many of the photographs live in public archives, most have never been shown to the people in the communities they represent. As such, Blanket Toss is not only an invaluable historical record, it is a meaningful act of reclamation, showing the ongoing resilience of Indigenous communities, past, present--and future.

The Sacred Wood and Major Early Essays

The Sacred Wood and Major Early Essays
Author: T. S. Eliot
Publsiher: Courier Corporation
Total Pages: 130
Release: 1997-07-10
ISBN 10: 9780486299365
ISBN 13: 0486299368
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Sacred Wood and Major Early Essays Book Review:

One of poetry's great voices reviews the creations of his literary forebears with essays on the works of Dante, Shakespeare, Blake, the Metaphysical Poets, and other authors. Plus 4 essays from The Times Literary Supplement.

Embodying the Sacred in Yoruba Art

Embodying the Sacred in Yoruba Art
Author: Babatunde Lawal
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 119
Release: 2007
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: UCSC:32106019212171
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Embodying the Sacred in Yoruba Art Book Review: