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The Far Side of Religion

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1. Title Title of document The Far Side of Religion - Religion and Senses of Humour
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Timothy Stanley; The University of Newcastle; Australia
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) religion and humour; embodied religion; religion and senses; body and religion; lived religion; religious act; performative religion
5. Subject Subject classification body and religion; religion and humour
6. Description Abstract Gary Larson's complete collection of published cartoons was reproduced in a 2003 two volume set modeled after early modern printed illuminated scriptures. It echoed other commemorations of the history of printed materials, such as the 2016 republication of Martin Luther's 1534 illuminated German Bible. While diverse in scope, religious themes persistently featured throughout Larson's cartoons poking fun at the absurdities of theodicy, sectarianism, polemics, and ecclesiastical authority. The proposed essay will provide a comprehensive evaluation of Larson's sense of humour in the mode of the history of the book advocated by Jonathan Z. Smith in his 2009 essay "Religion and the Bible." What emerges is a sophisticated account of Larson's engagement with religious ideas and iconography in a historical context of printed publication practices. The editorial context demonstrates Larson's awareness of the audiences he both entertained and offended. In sum, the collection can be understood as a precursor to the contemporary debate about the persistent and new visibilities of religion as well as the way humour can diffuse controversial topics in our increasingly divided societies.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Nov-2023
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.43235
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Religion and Senses of Humour
16. Language English=en en
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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd