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Vernacular Meaning Making Examples of Narrative Impact in Fiction Film Questioning the 'Banal' Notion in Mediatization of Religion Theory
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology. Dalarna Univ, Religious Studies & Media, Falun, Sweden..
2015 (English)In: Nordicom Review, ISSN 1403-1108, E-ISSN 2001-5119, Vol. 36, no 2, 143-156 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

The outcome of an audience study supports theories stating that stories are a primary means by which we make sense of our experiences over time. Empirical examples of narrative impact are presented in which specific fiction film scenes condense spectators' lives, identities, and beliefs. One conclusion is that spectators test the emotional realism of the narrative for greater significance, connecting diegetic fiction experiences with their extra-diegetic world in their quest for meaning, self and identity. The 'banal' notion of the mediatization of religion theory is questioned as unsatisfactory in the theoretical context of individualized meaning-making processes. As a semantically negatively charged concept, it is problematic when analyzing empirical examples of spectators' use of fictional narratives, especially when trying to characterize the idiosyncratic and complex interplay between spectators' fiction emotions and their testing of mediated narratives in an exercise to find moral significance in extra-filmic life. Instead, vernacular meaning-making is proposed.

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2015. Vol. 36, no 2, 143-156 p.
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mediatization of religion, film, spectator, meaning-making, banal, vernacular
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion Studies on Film
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-275885DOI: 10.1515/nor-2015-0022ISI: 000367587500011OAI: diva2:902210
Available from: 2016-02-10 Created: 2016-02-08 Last updated: 2016-02-10Bibliographically approved

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