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Parabolic Transcendence in Time and Narrative: Shane Carruth’s PRIMER (US 2004) and UPSTREAM COLOR (US 2013) as Post-Secular Sci-Fi Parables

dc.creatorMayward, Joel
dc.date.accessioned2023-05-23T08:45:17Z
dc.date.available2023-05-23T08:45:17Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.description.abstractSubjectivity, memory, identity, and the invisible connections between individuals are all conspicuous within filmmaker Shane Carruth’s two award-winning indie sci-fi films, Primer (Shane Carruth, USA, 2004) and Upstream Color (Shane Carruth, USA, 2013). In this, I contend that both Primer and Upstream Color are post-secular cinematic parables per philosopher Paul Ricoeur’s description of parable: the conjunction of a narrative form and a metaphorical process, addressing the religious via non-religious discourse. Interpreting these two films through a Ricoeurian parabolic hermeneutic addresses their mutual transcendence in and through time and narrative via their striking visual and auditory aesthetics, the use of montage in their nonlinear narratives, and the depiction of invisible relational connections between the films’ protagonists. I conclude that Carruth’s post-secular cinema resides in an in-between space: between the secular and the religious, realism and expressionism, immanence and transcendence.en
dc.identifier.doi10.25364/05.06:2020.1.2
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.25969/mediarep/19511
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.jrfm.eu/index.php/ojs_jrfm/article/view/180
dc.identifier.urihttps://mediarep.org/handle/doc/20704
dc.languageeng
dc.publisherSchüren
dc.publisher.placeMarburg
dc.relation.isPartOfissn:2617-3697
dc.relation.ispartofseriesJournal for Religion, Film and Media
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
dc.subjectParabolicen
dc.subjectTranscendenceen
dc.subjectTimeen
dc.subjectNarrativeen
dc.subjectPost-Secularen
dc.subjectScience Fictionen
dc.subject.ddcddc:300
dc.subject.personShane Carruth
dc.titleParabolic Transcendence in Time and Narrative: Shane Carruth’s PRIMER (US 2004) and UPSTREAM COLOR (US 2013) as Post-Secular Sci-Fi Parablesen
dc.typearticle
dc.type.statuspublishedVersion
dspace.entity.typeArticleen
local.coverpage2023-05-23T11:03:42
local.identifier.firstpublishedhttps://www.jrfm.eu/index.php/ojs_jrfm/article/view/180
local.source.epage36
local.source.issue1
local.source.issueTitleScience Fiction and Religion
local.source.spage17
local.source.volume6
local.subject.gndhttps://d-nb.info/gnd/1042729425
local.subject.wikidatahttps://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q3481357

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