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Reviving the Macho Christ in Ernest Hemingway's ""Today is Friday"" and Mel Gibson's <i>The Passion of the Christ</i>


This paper examines the “muscular Christianity” phenomenon in Mel Gibson’s 2004 film The Passion of the Christ and Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 short play, “Today is Friday.”
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-0117-3
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Publication Status: In Print

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 1070
Publication Date: Apr 22,2013
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 25
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0117-3
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This paper, initially published in the Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality, examines the “muscular Christianity” phenomenon in Mel Gibson’s 2004 film The Passion of the Christ and Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 short play, “Today is Friday.” Lisa Taylor draws parallels between Gibson and Hemingway’s personal experiences raised as Catholics to inform her reading of both works, noting the irony of their choice to adopt a Protestant, Victorian-era masculine aesthetic. A provocative and fascinating read, this work is ideal for scholars interested in American studies, English literature, gender studies, and contemporary representations of Christianity in popular culture.

This paper, initially published in the Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality, examines the “muscular Christianity” phenomenon in Mel Gibson’s 2004 film The Passion of the Christ and Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 short play, “Today is Friday.” Lisa Taylor draws parallels between Gibson and Hemingway’s personal experiences raised as Catholics to inform her reading of both works, noting the irony of their choice to adopt a Protestant, Victorian-era masculine aesthetic. A provocative and fascinating read, this work is ideal for scholars interested in American studies, English literature, gender studies, and contemporary representations of Christianity in popular culture.

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  • He Was Pretty Good in There TodayŽ: Reviving the Macho Christ in Ernest Hemingways Today is FridayŽ and Mel Gibsons The Passion of the Christ (page 4)
    • Muscular Christianity (page 7)
    • Strict Upbringing (page 11)
    • Emotional Volatility (page 12)
    • Faith and Salvation from Suicide (page 17)
    • The Importance of Pain (page 19)
    • Christs Choice (page 21)
    • References (page 22)