MILLENNIAL REPRESENTATIONS OF MEDIEVAL RELIGIOUS SCHISM IN WESTERN MEDIA: An Iconographic Analysis of Dante’s Inferno 28 and the Twenty-First Century Films Dracula Untold and Kingdom of Heaven

  • Shajani, N.
Abstract:
Dante Alighieri’s Inferno 28 is the place of the sowers of discord and scandal who are responsible for causing a split within their own communities; among them in the ninth bolge of the eighth circle is Muhammad whose mutilated body represents the division he brought to Christianity. A historical contextualization of the Inferno, however, confirms that the hostility between Christianity and Islam had emerged earlier with the rise of Islam as a political power in the seventh century. This paper examines Medieval and twenty-first century visual representations of this division within Christianity, which mirror the schism within Inferno 28. Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven (2005) and Gary Shore’s less-discussed film Dracula Untold (2014) provide a common ground to analyze the visual and verbal stimuli. In so doing, I identify the elements of naive responses to such texts, which help to minimize the conformity of the audience to classificatory thought systems, and, therefore, creates a dynamically constituted text open to multiple interpretations.
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Year:
2021
Type of Publication:
In Proceedings
Keywords:
Inferno 28; Dracula Untold; Kingdom of Heaven; Schism; Iconography
Volume:
8
SGEM Book title:
8th SWS International Scientific Conference on Arts And Humanities - ISCAH 2021
Book number:
1
SGEM Series:
SWS International Scientific Conferences on ART and HUMANITIES - ISCAH
Pages:
103-112
Publisher address:
Vienna, Austria
SGEM supporters:
SWS Scholarly Society; Acad Sci Czech Republ; Latvian Acad Sci; Polish Acad Sci; Russian Acad Sci; Serbian Acad Sci & Arts; Natl Acad Sci Ukraine; Natl Acad Sci Armenia; Sci Council Japan; European Acad Sci, Arts & Letters; Acad Fine Arts Zagreb Croatia; C
Period:
25 - 26 October, Florence, Italy
ISBN:
978-3-903438-02-6
ISSN:
2682-9940
Conference:
8th SWS International Scientific Conference on Arts And Humanities - ISCAH 2021, 25 - 26 October, 2021
DOI:
10.35603/sws.iscah.f2021/s06.11
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