Fantastic Spiritualities: Monsters, Heroes, and the Contemporary Religious Imagination (Paperback)
  • Fantastic Spiritualities: Monsters, Heroes, and the Contemporary Religious Imagination (Paperback)
zoom

Fantastic Spiritualities: Monsters, Heroes, and the Contemporary Religious Imagination (Paperback)

(author)
£25.99
Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 02/03/2008
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
In this work Jobling argues that religious sensibility in the Western world is in a process of transformation, but that we see here change, not decline, and that the production and consumption of the fantastic in popular culture offers an illuminating window onto spiritual trends and conditions. She examines four major examples of the fantastic genre: the "Harry Potter" series (Rowling), "His Dark Materials" (Pullman), "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (Whedon) and the "Earthsea cycle" (Le Guin), demonstrating that the spiritual universes of these four iconic examples of the fantastic are actually marked by profoundly modernistic assumptions, raising the question of just how contemporary spiritualities (often deemed postmodern) navigate philosophically the waters of truth, morality, authority, selfhood and the divine. Jobling tackles what she sees as a misplaced disregard for the significance of the fantasy genre as a worthy object for academic investigation by offering a full-length, thematic, comparative and cross-disciplinary study of the four case-studies proposed, chosen because of their significance to the field and because these books have all been posited as exemplars of a 'postmodern' religious sensibility. This work shows how attentiveness to spiritual themes in cultural icons can offer the student of theology and religions insight into the framing of the moral and religious imagination in the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries and how this can prompt traditional religions to reflect on whether their own narratives are culturally framed in a way resonating with the 'signs of the times'.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780567030474
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 272 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 18 mm

You may also be interested in...

Embraced By The Light
Added to basket
Early Christian Writings
Added to basket
The Cost of Discipleship
Added to basket
The Four Loves
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Surprised by Hope
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The Reason for God
Added to basket
The Screwtape Letters
Added to basket
Meeting God in Paul
Added to basket
A New History of Western Philosophy
Added to basket
Confessions of a Sinner
Added to basket
In Defence of War
Added to basket
£19.99
Paperback
The Problem of Pain
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Pursuit Of The Millennium
Added to basket
The Interior Castle
Added to basket
Simply Good News
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.