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The Intertextual Politics of Cultural Catholicism: Tiepolo, Madonna, Scorsese

Paul Giles

in Transnationalism in Practice

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780748640492
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652129 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640492.003.0012
The Intertextual Politics of Cultural Catholicism: Tiepolo, Madonna, Scorsese

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This chapter examines how the intertextual politics of cultural Catholicism manifested itself as aesthetic style in the work of Italian painter Domenico Tiepolo, American popular artist Madonna and Italian American filmmaker Martin Scorsese. The findings reveal that the ethnic and religious differences manifested themselves most compellingly within the intertextual or parodic form, in which implicit dialogues become established between conventional or generic expectations and various forms of narrative deviance. The chapter argues that the attempt to describe religious ethnicity as embodying some kind of idealised or essentialist quality is no longer feasible for any number of theoretical reasons.

Keywords: cultural Catholicism; intertextual politics; Domenico Tiepolo; Madonna; Martin Scorsese; ethnic differences; religious differences; narrative deviance; religious ethnicity

Chapter.  7357 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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