Silver Screen Buddha
Num Pages: 232 pages, 15 bw illus. BIC Classification: APFA; HRE. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 159 x 234 x 13. Weight in Grams: 370. . 2015. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781441105363
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How do contemporary films depict Buddhists and Buddhism? What aspects of the Buddhist tradition are these films keeping from our view? By repeatedly romanticizing the meditating monk, what kinds of Buddhisms and Buddhists are missing in these films and why?
Silver Screen Buddha is the first book to explore the intersecting representations of Buddhism, race, and gender in contemporary films. Sharon A. Suh examines the cinematic encounter with Buddhism that has flourished in Asia and in the West in the past century - from images of Shangri-La in Frank Capra's 1937 Lost Horizon to Kim Ki-Duk's 2003 international box office success Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring.
The book helps readers see that representations of Buddhism in Asia and in the West are fraught with political, gendered, and racist undertones. Silver Screen Buddha draws significant attention to ordinary lay Buddhism, a form of the tradition given little play in popular film. By uncovering the differences between a fictionalized, commodified, and exoticized Buddhism, Silver Screen Buddha brings to light expressions of the tradition that highlight laity and women, on the one hand, and Asian and Asian Americans, on the other. Suh engages in a re-visioning of Buddhism that expands the popular understanding of the tradition, moving from the dominance of meditating monks to the everyday world of raced, gendered, and embodied lay Buddhists.
Product Description: How are Buddhists and Buddhism represented in contemporary films? Are these mediated sources true representations of the Buddhist tradition? Silver Screen Buddha is the first book to explore the representation of Buddhism in contemporary films directed by both Asian and non-Asian directors. It examines the cinematic encounter with Buddhism that has flourished in Asia and in the West in the past century - from images of Shangri-La in Frank Capra's 1937 Lost Horizon to Kim Ki-Duk's 2003 international box office success, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring. The book helps readers see that representations of Buddhism in Asia and in the West are often fraught with political, nationalistic, gendered and racist undertones that are missed and overlooked by viewers. Readers are introduced to some of the key Buddhist texts and doctrines that are implied in Buddhist films yet not explicitly explained, helping them to ascertain the difference betwen a fictionalized, commodified and exoticized Buddhism and a more realistic representation of the tradition.
Title: Silver Screen Buddha
Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
Binding: Soft cover
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