Loss of the Bible and the Bible in Lost: Biblical Literacy and Mainstream Television

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/604599
Title:
Loss of the Bible and the Bible in Lost: Biblical Literacy and Mainstream Television
Authors:
Collins, Matthew A.
Abstract:
Recent well-publicised efforts to encourage biblical literacy have emerged as a direct response to its perceived ‘decline’. The assumed (or feared) gradual ‘loss’ of the Bible to modern society at large has given rise to a renewed determination in some quarters to ensure an ongoing engagement and familiarity with what ex-Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion calls ‘an essential piece of cultural luggage’. The present examination addresses the question of biblical literacy from the perspective of mainstream television, problematising a straightforward assumption of its decline. Focusing on the popular U.S. television series Lost (2004–2010, ABC), it highlights the surprising prominence of biblical allusion (both implicit and explicit) throughout. This in turn raises questions about biblical literacy among the writers and, more crucially, the extent to which biblical literacy is assumed (or not) on the part of the audience. This examination, however, goes one step further by suggesting that, since the very nature of the programme deliberately encourages a close attention to detail on the part of its viewers and (over-)analysis of what is seen and heard, it may be that, whether or not Lost assumes continued familiarity with the biblical text, it would intriguingly appear to play a (perhaps unintentional) part in actively encouraging and promoting it.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Collins, M. A. (2015). Loss of the Bible and the Bible in Lost: Biblical Literacy and Mainstream Television. In K. B. Edwards (Ed.), Rethinking Biblical Literacy (pp. 71–93). London, United Kingdom: T&T Clark.
Publisher:
T&T Clark
Publication Date:
26-Feb-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/604599
Additional Links:
http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/rethinking-biblical-literacy-9780567050984/
Type:
Book chapter
Language:
en
ISBN:
9780567050984
Appears in Collections:
Theology and Religious Studies

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dc.contributor.authorCollins, Matthew A.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-06T08:32:03Zen
dc.date.available2016-04-06T08:32:03Zen
dc.date.issued2015-02-26en
dc.identifier.citationCollins, M. A. (2015). Loss of the Bible and the Bible in Lost: Biblical Literacy and Mainstream Television. In K. B. Edwards (Ed.), Rethinking Biblical Literacy (pp. 71–93). London, United Kingdom: T&T Clark.en
dc.identifier.isbn9780567050984en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/604599en
dc.description.abstractRecent well-publicised efforts to encourage biblical literacy have emerged as a direct response to its perceived ‘decline’. The assumed (or feared) gradual ‘loss’ of the Bible to modern society at large has given rise to a renewed determination in some quarters to ensure an ongoing engagement and familiarity with what ex-Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion calls ‘an essential piece of cultural luggage’. The present examination addresses the question of biblical literacy from the perspective of mainstream television, problematising a straightforward assumption of its decline. Focusing on the popular U.S. television series Lost (2004–2010, ABC), it highlights the surprising prominence of biblical allusion (both implicit and explicit) throughout. This in turn raises questions about biblical literacy among the writers and, more crucially, the extent to which biblical literacy is assumed (or not) on the part of the audience. This examination, however, goes one step further by suggesting that, since the very nature of the programme deliberately encourages a close attention to detail on the part of its viewers and (over-)analysis of what is seen and heard, it may be that, whether or not Lost assumes continued familiarity with the biblical text, it would intriguingly appear to play a (perhaps unintentional) part in actively encouraging and promoting it.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherT&T Clarken
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/rethinking-biblical-literacy-9780567050984/en
dc.subjectBiblical literacyen
dc.subjectPopular cultureen
dc.subjectBibleen
dc.subjectTelevisionen
dc.titleLoss of the Bible and the Bible in Lost: Biblical Literacy and Mainstream Televisionen
dc.typeBook chapteren
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
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