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Blasphemy: Art That Offends [Hardcover]

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The issue of censorship has never been hotter. The boundary between artistic freedom and incitement is becoming ever more blurred, and the modes of objection by political and religious fundamentalists to the art they deem offensive are turning ever more extreme. God, Mohammed, Jesus, the Quran and the Torah have all been at one point or another subjected to artistic interpretation, as have more liberal values, such as friendship, education and the nation-state. The responses these images have provoked have ranged from indifference, to, in the case of Theo Van Gogh, murder. Through an examination of a broad range of contentious imagery in art, this book questions the status of blasphemy in a world ever more divided in its views of what is acceptable, and provides an intriguing vantage point from which to view the interrelations between religion, politics and the visual arts.

With works including Andres Serrano's Piss Christ, Faith Ringgold's The Flag Is Bleeding and Theo Van Gogh's Submission, as well as popular films such as The Last Temptation of Christ and Life of Brian, and historical material from artists such as Hieronymus Bosch, this book takes a broad view of what is perceived as controversial, idolatrous or obscene. Elaborating on subjects such as the public funding of art, flag desecration, religious tolerance, and challenges to the secular nation state, this is a timely consideration of art and its relationship to authority.

Clearly written and thouroughly researched, this book will appeal to both the general reader and the expert in contemporary art. With an appendix of related articles and commentary-from media coverage to political posturing and religious dogmatic assertions-this book provides an important resource for anyone interested in the debates surrounding freedom of expression. The book's content has wide-ranging relevance, running parallel with recent world events such as the ongoing conflict and polarisation in the Middle East; the Taliban in Afganistan; the Christian right in the United States; radical clerics in the UK and Europe; and the dismantling of formerly Soviet States.

Theorist of religion and visual culture, S. Brent Plate, currently teaches at Texas Christian University and is the author/editor of numerous publications including Re-Viewing the Passion: Mel Gibson's Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).

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Item Specifications...

Pages   189
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 8.25" Height: 11.5"
Weight:   2.65 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 30, 2006
Publisher   Black Dog Publishing
ISBN  1904772536  
ISBN13  9781904772538  

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More About S. Brent Plate

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! S. BRENT PLATE is Assistant Professor of Religion and the Visual Arts at Texas Christian University. His previous publications include the edited volumes, Imag(in)ing Otherness: Filmic Visions of Living Together and The Apocalyptic Imagination: Aesthetics and Ethics at the End of the World. He is Film Review Editor of the Journal of Religion and Film and Associate Editor of Literature and Theology.

S. Brent Plate was born in 1966 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Texas Christian University Hamilton College, USA. Hamilton College, US.

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Great pictures, writing not so hot....  Jul 12, 2007
I was really excited to get this book, so I sat down to read it as soon as it arrived. Honestly, the text is pretty dry - I got bored about five minutes into it.... So I quit reading, and just flipped through and looked at the art. Saw a lot of really fascinating pieces, but nothing that I felt was especially offensive.... Of course, I don't get offended easily, so maybe that's just me. I gave it three stars, because the art was all really interesting, but the text was just incredibly boring....

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