Film
December 30, 2019

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.…

Film
December 16, 2019

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…

Film
November 20, 2019

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…

Film
November 13, 2019

The Curse Of La Llorona, Part 2 (Bernadette Calafell And Stefanie Fajardo)

The following is the second installment of a three-part series. The first can be found here. Patricia represents elements of La Malinche and a becoming of La Llorona through her desperation and subjugation. In the beginning of the film, Patricia and her two sons are introduced as having a long…

Film
November 6, 2019

The Curse Of La Llorona, Part 1 (Bernadette Calafell And Stefanie Fajardo)

La Llorona as the Space for Discourse Surrounding Colonialism and Motherhood The American psyche is currently saturated with images of children in cages at the southern border and discussions about women’s reproduction and sexual rights. Immigration and women’s bodily autonomy are issues that were a polarizing force in the 2016…

Arts and Society
October 27, 2019

Pussy Riot – Political Affect and Religious Feelings, Part 2 (Vasilina Orlova)

The following is the second of a two-part series. The first can be found here. The possibility of seven-year sentences for the perpetrators in colorful dresses was discussed as too benevolent a punishment in such circumstances. At the same time, state officials suggested that to keep women in custody was…

Arts and Society
October 22, 2019

Pussy Riot – Political Affect and Religious Feelings, Part 1 (Vasilina Orlova)

The following is the first of a two-part series. On February 21, 2012 the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot staged a performance in the Christ the Savior Cathedral, Moscow, 2012. Three members of the group were arrested, accused of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, and sentenced to two years…

Arts and Society
September 17, 2019

How Political Art That Works…Works (Margot Mitchell-Nockowitz)

In the 2017 Whitney Museum Biennial, contemporary painter Dana Schutz’s contributing work “Open Casket” (2016) was set to be exhibited for an allotted time of 18 weeks.  It was hung with and in between the multimedia works by other artists, all of which were meant to be in a curatorial…