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Comics and Sacred Texts

Reimagining Religion and Graphic Narratives

Assaf Gamzou (editor) Ken Koltun-Fromm (editor)

ISBN: 9781496819475

Publication Date: Sep 2018

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Explores how comics and notions of the sacred interweave new modes of seeing and understanding the sacral. Coeditors Assaf Gamzou and Ken Koltun-Fromm reveal the graphic character of sacred narratives, imagining new vistas for both comics and religious texts.
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Contributions by Ofra Amihay, Madeline Backus, Samantha Baskind, Elizabeth Rae Coody, Scott S. Elliott, Assaf Gamzou, Susan Handelman, Leah Hochman, Leonard V. Kaplan, Ken Koltun-Fromm, Shiamin Kwa, Samantha Langsdale, A. David Lewis, Karline McLain, Ranen Omer-Sherman, Joshua Plencner, and Jeffrey L. Richey

Comics and Sacred Texts
explores how comics and notions of the sacred interweave new modes of seeing and understanding the sacral. Comics and graphic narratives help readers see religion in the everyday and in depictions of God, in transfigured, heroic selves as much as in the lives of saints and the meters of holy languages. Coeditors Assaf Gamzou and Ken Koltun-Fromm reveal the graphic character of sacred narratives, imagining new vistas for both comics and religious texts.

In both visual and linguistic forms, graphic narratives reveal representational strategies to encounter the sacred in all its ambivalence. Through close readings and critical inquiry, these essays contemplate the intersections between religion and comics in ways that critically expand our ability to think about religious landscapes, rhetorical practices, pictorial representation, and the everyday experiences of the uncanny.

Organized into four sections-Seeing the Sacred in Comics; Reimagining Sacred Texts through Comics; Transfigured Comic Selves, Monsters, and the Body; and The Everyday Sacred in Comics-the essays explore comics and graphic novels ranging from Craig Thompson's Habibi and Marvel's X-Men and Captain America to graphic adaptions of religious texts such as 1 Samuel and the Gospel of Mark.

Sacred Texts and Comics shows how claims to the sacred are nourished and concealed in comic narratives. Covering many religions, not only Christianity and Judaism, this rare volume contests the profane/sacred divide and establishes the import of comics and graphic narratives in disclosing the presence of the sacred in everyday human experience.
Illustrations 52 b&w illustrations
Pages 288
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Sep 2018
Publisher University Press of Mississippi
Subject/s Religion: general   Literary studies: general   Anthologies (non-poetry)   Popular culture   Humour   Illustration & commercial art  
Assaf Gamzou, Rehovot, Israel, is director of professional engagement at Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People, and was previously curator of the Israeli Cartoon Museum and lecturer at Tel Aviv University School of Education.

Ken Koltun-Fromm, Haverford, Pennsylvania, is the Robert and Constance MacCrate Chair in Social Responsibility and professor of religion at Haverford College and author of four books, including Material Culture and Jewish Thought in America and Imagining Jewish Authenticity: Vision and Text in American Jewish Thought.

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