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Teaching Religion and Film$
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Gregory J. Watkins

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195335989

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335989.001.0001

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 Women, Theology, and Film

 Women, Theology, and Film

Approaching the Challenge of Interdisciplinary Teaching

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Teaching Religion and Film

Gaye Williams Ortiz

Oxford University Press

This chapter is a case study of a course offered in the theology and religious studies department of York Saint John College, an upper‐level undergraduate course titled Women, Theology, and Film. It was designed to synthesize a variety of theological, feminist, and film criticism perspectives in exploring the representation of women in movies. The particular challenge for the teacher, then, was twofold: how to integrate feminist theology with feminist film theory in a way that retained the integrity and the rigor of both disciplines, and how to make the course accessible to a group of students who might display an extreme range of theological skills (from none to advanced). This chapter first addresses the rationale and delivery of the course and then discusses some of the opportunities and challenges posed by this interdisciplinary approach.

Keywords:   religion and film, pedagogy, feminist pedagogy, feminist studies, feminist theology, theology and film, feminist film theory, interdisciplinary

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