The idea of creation and creativity is among the most powerful and pervasive of metaphors bequeathed to the modern world by the scriptures of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Twelve specialists here explore the original sources and contemporary manifestations of the theme in both high and low culture, from the book of Genesis to James Joyce’s Ulysses, Children of Gebalawi by the Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz, and the Polish poetry of Wislawa Szymborska, and to popular films such as Bruce Almighty and Animatrix, and animation films for children. Even current debates on genetics and ecology and the public exhibition of plastinated human bodies invoke these same themes and make this volume a topical contribution to cultural studies today.
Caroline Vander Stichele is Lecturer in Religious Studies, University of Amsterdam. Alastair G. Hunter is Senior Lecturer in Hebrew and Old Testament Studies, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Glasgow.
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