Wednesday, 29 October 2014

New Publication: Book review of Bron Taylor's "Avatar and Nature Spirituality" for Nova Religio

Check out the latest issue of Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions (vol. 18, no. 2) to grab yourself a copy of my latest published book review; for those with access, it is available here at JSTOR. The review in question looks at Bron Taylor's edited volume, Avatar and Nature Spirituality, which was published by Wilfred Laurier University Press back in 2013. While I'm really not a fan of the Avatar movie, it does raise many interesting questions for the study of what Catherine Albanese has termed “nature religion” as well as for what Taylor himself has termed “dark green religion”. In depicting an alien species of hunter-gatherers, it creates a unique belief-system for them, which is somewhat pantheistic and nature-venerating in orientation. Further, as with other prominent science-fiction creations like Star Trek and Star Wars, Avatar has launched a fandom who often express spiritual viewpoints regarding the film and its fictional world, while members of established religious groups have reacted in various different ways to it and to its anti-imperialist, environmentalist message. This book represents one of a number of new publications to begin exploring these areas, adding to the fascinating and burgeoning field of religion and film.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the review, Ethan. Those interested in reading more, including the initial chapters to my Dark Green Religion book, or entries in my encyclopedia of religion and nature or other books, can go to my website, which is www.brontaylor.com.

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