Film: Black Narcissus

Event time: 
Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 2:30pm
Event description: 

Part of the Religion and Film Series at Yale

Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium


Black Narcissus (UK, 1949, 35mm)

Introduced by Kathryn Lofton


Prof. Lofton will lead the audience in a post-screening discussion about the basic challenges of the film: What is the relationship between religious experience and mental illness? Why does sexuality seem such a fraught subject within certain formations of religious life? What do we make of the distortions of religion, race, or gender in cultural productions? And can missions ever be anything other than imperial? Joining Lofton will be Prof. Sally Promey, a scholar of visual, material, and sensory cultures of religion in the American Studies Program and the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale. Reception to follow.

Co-sponsored by Films at the Whitney, Yale Institute of Sacred Music, the Program in American Studies, the Department of Religious Studies, the Film Studies Program, and the Initiative for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion.