Watching for Religion and Race at the Movies

Theodore Louis Trost

in Teaching African American Religions

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780195167979
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784981 | DOI:

Series: AAR Teaching Religious Studies Series

 Watching for Religion and Race at the Movies

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The main purpose of religious studies as an academic discipline is to make “the strange familiar and the familiar strange”. This is what the course “Introduction to Religion in America: Religion Observed in Popular Film” attempts, with particular emphasis on making the familiar strange. The class has three foci: religion, movies, and America. In this chapter, after a review of the issues at stake in the “Introduction to Religious Studies” course and a description of the operative method, race as a crucial concern in the interpretation of three movies: Being There, The Color Purple, and Daughters of the Dust, is discussed.

Keywords: African American; religion; movies; race; teaching; course description

Chapter.  10704 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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