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Iconography and Postmodernity

Steven Grimwood

in Literature and Theology

Volume 17, issue 1, pages 76-97
Published in print March 2003 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online March 2003 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/17.1.76
Iconography and Postmodernity

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This paper advances a theology of iconicity that attempts to negotiate the ambiguity of the image within postmodern society. Beginning with the challenge made by Jean Baudrillard concerning the Byzantine icon, it argues that his concept of the simulacrum has important parallels with Jean‐Luc Marion's concept of the idol, and that this necessitates a re‐evaluation of their respective positions. By then considering the relationship between the icon and postmodern experiences of space and time, it is possible to articulate a theology that can view the iconic as that which disrupts the hegemony of the (profoundly idolatrous) simulacrum, holding open the systems of meaning, the narratives, of which we are part.

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