Profane Parables Hardback

Film and the American Dream

by Matthew S. Rindge;

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Profane Parables

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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.

Profane Parables by Matthew S. Rindge was published by Baylor University Press in April 2016. The ISBN for Profane Parables is 9781481304290.

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Details for Profane Parables

Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherBaylor University Press (April 2016)
Number of Pages185
Thickness23 mm
Height228 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4367448
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