Tag Archives: Roland Barthes

Trump and the Tyranny of Authenticity

by Matt Sheedy In the preface to his book Islam and the Tyranny of Authenticity (2016), Aaron Hughes writes: Rather than judge the Islamic bone fides of such groups as Boko Haram and ISIS, why not attempt to explain and understand such groups … Continue reading

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Trump, Barthes, and the Triumph of Wrestling

by Tenzan Eaghll I don’t know if Donald Trump is a sexist, racist, misogynist, bigot, or even if he is a neo-fascist, but he sure played one in this year’s election. Just like the World Wrestling champion Hulk Hogan, who … Continue reading

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Expected Meanings

Note: This post originally appeared on the Culture on the Edge blog. by Steven Ramey The meaning of words, even entire texts, reflect our expectations of them and our assumptions of their context. This point is apparent in the Argentine … Continue reading

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On The Politics of Spirit: An Interview with Tim Murphy (Part 2)

This is part 2 of a two-part interview with Tim Murphy about his new book, The Politics of Spirit; see part 1 here. Tim Murphy (1956-2013) was Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama. He received his Ph.D. … Continue reading

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On The Politics of Spirit: An Interview with Tim Murphy (Part 1)

Tim Murphy (1956-2013) was Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama. He received his Ph.D. in the History of Consciousness Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His books include Nietzsche, Metaphor, Religion (SUNY Press, 2001) and … Continue reading

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NAASR Notes: Sean Durbin

NAASR Notes is a new feature with the Bulletin where we invite members of the North American Association for the Study of Religion to describe books they are reading and/or research and writing projects that will be of interests to … Continue reading

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Nationalist Myths, National Realities

by Matt Sheedy While much of the world is aware that today is America’s “birthday,” in commemoration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, considerably fewer know that “Canada Day” was celebrated this past Tuesday, … Continue reading

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