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The disappearing Christ : secularism in the silent era

Author: Phillip Maciak
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2019]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"At the turn of the twentieth century, American popular culture was booming with opportunities to see Jesus Christ. From the modernized eyewitness gospel of Ben-Hur to the widely circulated passion play films of Edison, Lumière, and Path ; from D. W. Griffith's conjuration of a spectral white savior in Birth of a Nation to W. E. B. Du Bois's 'Black Christ' story cycle, Jesus was constantly and inventively  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Maciak, Phillip.
Disappearing Christ.
New York : Columbia University Press, 2019
(DLC) 2018060752
(OCoLC)1065733436
Named Person: Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Phillip Maciak
ISBN: 9780231547000 0231547005
OCLC Number: 1091290996
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 243 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Intro; Table of Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction: The Disappearing Christ and Other Stories; 1. A Rare and Wonderful Sight: Ben-Hur's Historicism; 2. Looking Sideways: Media Theories of Jesus Christ; 3. Tricks and Actualities: The Passion Play Film and the Cinema of Attractions; 4. The Double Life of Superimposition: W.E.B. Du Bois's Black Christ Cycle; Coda: Resurrectionists: Toward a Post-Cinematic Postsecular; Notes; Bibliography; Index
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Phillip Maciak examines filmic depictions of Jesus to argue that cinema developed as a model technology of secularism, training viewers for belief in a secular age. Cinematic depictions of an  Read more...

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The Disappearing Christ retells the story of secularization, firmly placing visual media within that narrative. Maciak alters the ongoing conversation on secularization for the present day. -- S. Read more...

 
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