Tag: Transcendent/Immanent


Turning Routines into Rituals


Both routines and rituals involve a regular repetition of some action. But they are very different. Routines will flatten our lives, but rituals can thicken them. Routines are like ordinary time and rituals are linked with "higher times." With a routine there is a clear, linear connection between the act and...

A Prayer for Owen Meany — “The Foul Ball”


A Prayer for Owen Meany is narrated by the adult John Wheelwright. As he tells the story of how Owen Meany is responsible for his belief in the Christian God, he regularly breaks into the narrative commenting on his life in the present, often on his current spiritual struggles. The...

The Idea of the Holocaust…


When I was in high school, I was fascinated with World War II.  I took a class on World War II and I guess my fascination continued into college because I majored in history and I took another course on World War II.  I watched all 26 episodes of the...

Warm Bodies: the Book


You know you're an English teacher, if, when a movie is released, you buy the book.  The cover of my version of Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion is the movie's poster, but the it is better than a silly romance which cover seems to suggests. The book's first-person narrator is R...

Zombies Represent the Crisis of the Modern Idenity


The zombie functions as a monstrous other, transgressing boundaries and unsettling the modern identity, as monsters have always done.  But, it goes beyond the scope of traditional monsters in that it also holds a mirror up to the secular self, and suggests, without the transcendent, we may nothing more than animated...

Traditional Values: Consumed by the Zombie Horde


Not only is it difficult to attribute the term “evil” to this most modern of monsters, it is also difficult to attribute the term “good” to the “heroes” of the zombie movie.  In fact, the primary victim of the zombie horde, is not the humans that battle the undead for survival;...

Zombie Films Loss of Fullness


I get it when I am sitting with dear friends enjoying good food and conversation.  Also, while walking alone in the woods on a clear fall day.  It can also be experienced when listening to music or viewing a painting.  It can be evoked in the cathedral or on the seashore.  Charles...

The Horror of the Body


Previous Zombie Posts: A New Kind of Monster A Brief History Ain't Got No Soul Where do zombies come from? Crossing Boundaries Why Zombies are Disgusting The zombies are an abject horror in themselves, but what they do to their victims is even more horrifying.  Zombie movies contain scenes with spurting...

Zombies as the Monstrous Other: Challenging Modern Boundaries


Previous Zombie Posts: A New Kind of Monster A Brief History Ain't Got No Soul Where do zombies come from? Zombies are physical monsters, there is nothing in them that is spiritual or supernatureal or even superhuman.  We can therefore call the zombie an immanent monster.  In the immanence of...

“Mommy, where do zombies come from?”


Previous Zombie Posts: A New Kind of Monster A Brief History Ain't Got No Soul Zombies are our monsters; they scare us.  We are modern and we are secular, so our monsters will be just the sort of creature that would be scary to a modern, secular audience.    Because they...