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March 23, 2020
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The Hollow Christians Of End Times Fiction, Part 3 (Paul Maltby)

The following is republished from Religious Theory. It is the last of a three-part series. The first can be found here, the second here. End Times fiction must be distinguished from other literary genres by its conspicuous absence of local color, its lifeless mise-en-scène and, in particular, writing that relays no vivid…

March 9, 2020
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The Hollow Christians Of End Times Fiction, Part 2 (Paul Maltby)

The following is republished from Religious Theory. It is the second of a three-part series. The first can be found here. End Times fiction’s unrelenting focus on human sinfulness and unworthiness, a focus that reflects the defining tenet of fundamentalist anthropology, leaves out of account the doctrine of the Imago Dei.…

February 28, 2020
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The Hollow Christians Of End Times Fiction, Part 1 (Paul Maltby)

The following is republished from Religious Theory. A flaw at the heart of End Times fiction gravely weakens its credibility as Christian literature. Its stock characters lack the degree of interiority required for convincing narratives of encounters with the transcendent. The formulaic style of characterization eviscerates Christian experience. This deficiency…

February 14, 2020
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“No Women Amongst Us” – Bare Life, Violence, And Gender in Byzantium (Jared Lacy)

This article is republished from The New Polis, Dec. 23, 2019. Neil Jordan’s film Byzantium (2012), which tells the story of a pair of mother/daughter vampires on the run from a male-only secret society of vampires known as Brotherhood, has been widely read as a feminist approach to the literary convention of…

February 5, 2020
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Searching For The Soul In The Digital Age (Karli Brittz)

A version of this article appeared in Image & Text, Number 31, September 2018. In 2015 Pixar Animation and Disney released Inside Out, a clever, moving film depicting the science of emotion and workings of the inner mind. The film translates cognitive aspects of being human, feeling and memory into…

January 21, 2020
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Reflections On “Anarchist” Structures And Aesthetics In Cultural Collectives, Part 2 (Jeffrey Swartz)

The following is the second installment of a two-part series. The first can be found here. An abridged version of this text was previously published in Spanish as “Reflexiones sobre las estructuras y estéticas anarquistas en los colectivos culturales”, in Sitesize, ¡Cataluña termina aquí! ¡Aquí empieza Murcia!, Barcelona: Sitesize, 2014The featured…

January 14, 2020
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Reflections On “Anarchist” Structures And Aesthetics In Cultural Collectives, Part 1 (Jeffrey Swartz)

An abridged version of this text was previously published in Spanish as “Reflexiones sobre las estructuras y estéticas anarquistas en los colectivos culturales”, in Sitesize, ¡Cataluña termina aquí! ¡Aquí empieza Murcia!, Barcelona: Sitesize, 2014 The following is the first installment of a two-part series. The use of the “anarchist” label…

December 30, 2019
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Horror Fiction And Catholic Theology – A Rhetorical Synthesis, Part 2 (Gavin Hurley)

The following is the second installment of a two-part series. The first installment can be found here. The article is published simultaneously with Religious Theory. What specifically sets horror apart from other genres such as fantasy and science fiction? The distinction can be distilled down to the genre’s affect of fear.…

December 16, 2019
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Horror Fiction And Catholic Theology – A Rhetorical Synthesis, Part 1 (Gavin Hurley)

The following is the first installment of a two-part series. The article is published simultaneously with Religious Theory. Catholic horror—horror fiction that integrates Catholic perspectives into the fiction itself—is often be seen by Catholics to be incompatible with the mission of the religion. These skeptics argue that popular culture media…

November 20, 2019
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The Curse Of La Llorona, Part 3 (Bernadette Calafell And Stefanie Fajardo)

The following is the third installment of a three-part series. The first can be found here. The second is here. Post/Colonialism in the Film There are not only unequal and exploitative relationships between men and women in The Curse of La Llorona, the relationship between whiteness and Mexican bodies and culture…