Profane Parables: Film and the American Dream (Paperback)
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Profane Parables: Film and the American Dream (Paperback)

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Paperback 191 Pages / Published: 15/12/2017
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The sacred ethos of the American Dream has become a central pillar of American civil religion. The belief that meaning is fashioned from some mixture of family, friends, a stable career, and financial security permeates American culture. Profane Parables examines three films that assault this venerated American myth. Fight Club (1999), American Beauty (1999), and About Schmidt (2002) indict the American Dream as a meaningless enterprise that is existentially, ethically, and aesthetically bankrupt. In their blistering critique of the hallowed wisdom of the American Dream, these films function like Jesus' parables. As narratives of disorientation, Jesus' parables upend conventional and cherished worldviews. Author Matthew Rindge illustrates the religious function of these films as parables of subversion that provoke rather than comfort and disturb rather than stabilize. Ultimately, Rindge considers how these parabolic films operate as sacred texts in their own right.

Publisher: Baylor University Press
ISBN: 9781602589940
Number of pages: 191
Weight: 280 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Rindge writes with both academic rigor and an approachable tone, which makes the text accessible for audiences in both academic circles and broader spheres, such as those interested in American civil religion, the particular filmmakers Rindge cites, or the biblical genre of parables." -- Joel Mayward, Journal of Religion & Film
"Rindge's Profane Parables is an excellent work. It will appeal greatly to scholars of American Studies, film, religion, and popular culture." -- Margaret Weber, The Journal of Popular Culture
"A wonderful piece of work" -- Choice
As a whole, Profane Parables is a refined work that offers both a thought provoking and an easy read and I would recommend it to anyone thinking of exploring film from the perspective of biblical studies or interested in film, myths and morals. -- Sofia SjA -- Journal of Religion, Media, and Digital Cuture

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