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Title Negotiating the sacred II : blasphemy and sacrilege in the arts / Elizabeth Burns Coleman and Maria Suzette Fernandes-Dias (editors).

Imprint Canberra, ACT : ANU E Press, 2008.
Publication Info. 2008


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Contents Introduction: Lines in the sand / Elizabeth Burns Coleman and Maria Suzette Fernandes-Dias -- Section I: Understanding Blasphemy and Sacrilege. Blasphemy and sacrilege: A challenge to secularisation and theories of the modern? / David Nash -- 'The devil's centres of operation': English theatre and the charge of blasphemy, 1698-1708 / David Manning -- Madonna and piano accordion: Disrupting the order of the world / Elizabeth Burns Coleman -- Materialising the sacred / Dianne McGowan -- Section II: Motivations for Artistic Blasphemy. Blasphemy and sacrilege in the novel of magic realism: Grass, Bulgakov, and Rushdie / Peter Arnds -- Les fees ont soif: Feminist, iconoclastic or blasphemous? / Maria-Suzette Fernandes-Dias -- The body of Christ: Blasphemy as a necessary transgression? / Carolyn D'Cruz and Glenn D'Cruz -- Section III: Reinterpreting Freedom of Expression. The monologue of liberalism and its imagination of the sacred in minority cultures / Jasdev Singh Rai -- Blasphemy in a pluralistic society / Jeremy Shearmur -- Section IV: Self-expression and Restriction. Blasphemy and the art of the political and devotional / Christopher Braddock -- Negotiating the sacred body in Iranian cinema(s): National, physical and cinematic embodiment in Majid Majidi's Baran (2002) / Michelle Langford -- Silence as a way of knowing in Yolngu Indigenous Australian storytelling / Caroline Josephs.
Summary Blasphemy and other forms of blatant disrespect to religious beliefs have the capacity to create significant civil and even international unrest. Consequently, the sacrosanctity of religious dogmas and beliefs, stringent laws of repression and codes of moral and ethical propriety have compelled artists to live and create with occupational hazards like uncertain audience response, self-censorship and accusations of deliberate misinterpretation of cultural production looming over their heads. Yet, in recent years, issues surrounding the rights of minority cultures to recognition and respect have raised new questions about the contemporariness of the construct of blasphemy and sacrilege. Controversies over the aesthetic representation of the sacred, the exhibition of the sacred as art, and the public display of sacrilegious or blasphemous works have given rise to heated debates and have invited us to reflect on binaries like artistic and religious sensibilities, tolerance and philistinism, the sacred and the profane, deification and vilification. Endeavouring to move beyond 'simplistic' points about the rights to freedom of expression and sacrosanctity, this collection explores how differences between conceptions of the sacred can be negotiated. It recognises that blasphemy may be justified as a form of political criticism, as well as a sincere expression of spirituality. But it also recognises that within a pluralistic society, blasphemy in the arts can do an enormous amount of harm, as it may also impair relations within and between societies. This collection evolved out a two-day conference called 'Negotiating the Sacred: Blasphemy and Sacrilege in the Arts' held at the Centre for Cross Cultural Research at The Australian National University in November 2005. This is the second volume in a series of five conferences and edited collections on the theme 'Negotiating the Sacred'. The first conference, 'Negotiating the Sacred: Blasphemy and Sacrilege in a Multicultural Society' was held at The Australian National University's Centre for Cross-Cultural Research in 2004, and published as an edited collection by ANU E Press in 2006. Other conferences in the series have included Religion, Medicine and the Body (ANU, 2006), Tolerance, Education and the Curriculum (ANU, 2007), and Governing the Family (Monash University, 2008). Together, the series represents a major contribution to ongoing debates on the political demands arising from religious pluralism in multicultural societies.
Note Print version record.
Language English.
Access OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks). All rights reserved.
Subject Arts and religion.
Offenses against religion.
Religion and sociology.
Religion and beliefs.
Religion: general.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Sociology of Religion.
Arts and religion. (OCoLC)fst00817852
Blasphemy. (OCoLC)fst00834146
Offenses against religion. (OCoLC)fst01044019
Religion and sociology. (OCoLC)fst01093858
Sacrilege. (OCoLC)fst01103265
Art, Architecture & Applied Arts.
Fine Arts - General.
Indexed Term Religion
Offenses against religion
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Added Author Coleman, Elizabeth Burns, 1961-
Fernandes Dias, Maria Suzette.
Added Title Negotiating the sacred 2
Other Form: Print version: Negotiating the sacred 2. Acton, A.C.T. : ANU E Press, 2008 9781921536267 (OCoLC)277161451
ISBN 9781921536274 (electronic bk.)
1921536276 (electronic bk.)
9781921536267 (print version)
1921536276 (print version)
Standard No. 459391
AU@ 000043597921
AU@ 000043904499
AU@ 000058392030
AU@ 000060581057
GBVCP 1008652059
GBVCP 865744106

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