Iconic books are texts revered as objects of power rather than just as words of instruction, information, or insight. In religious and secular rituals around the globe, people carry, show, wave, touch and kiss books and other texts, as well as read them. This blog chronicles such events and activities. (For more about iconic books, see the links to the Iconic Books Project at left.)

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Castelli, on Horne's "The Tailenders"

The performative dimension of scriptures is also the subject of the final essay, Elizabeth Castelli’s interview with film-maker, Adele Horne (Postscripts 2 [2006] 316–327). Horne’s 2006 documentary, The Tailenders, explores missionaries’ distribution of extremely low-tech recordings of Bible stories and their reception by communities in crisis.

Focusing on oral transmission by working with native speakers of indigenous languages, [Global Recordings Network] makes recordings of the stories and distributes them in low-tech formats using “hand-crank” technologies. The film emphasizes the linkages between Christian missionary groups and processes of capitalist globalization, between Protestant values and the technologies of modernity. (p. 316).

The full interview can be read here from Equinox publishing.

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