Religious Imaging in Millennialist America

Dark Gnosis

  • Ashley Crawford

About this book


Ashley Crawford investigates how such figures as Ben Marcus, Matthew Barney, and David Lynch—among other artists, novelists, and film directors—utilize religious themes and images via Christianity, Judaism, and Mormonism to form essentially mutated variations of mainstream belief systems. He seeks to determine what drives contemporary artists to deliver implicitly religious imagery within a ‘secular’ context. Particularly, how religious heritage and language, and the mutations within those, have impacted American culture to partake in an aesthetic of apocalyptism that underwrites it.


gnostic harold bloom CREMASTER David Lynch Christopher Nolan Ben Marcus Matthew Barney

Authors and affiliations

  • Ashley Crawford
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

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