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Whose enemy?: Lars von Trier’s Anti-Christ in Dialogue with Biblical Creation and Passion Narratives
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2016 (English)In: L’adversaire de Dieu / Der Widersacher Gottes / [ed] Michael Tilly, Matthias Morgenstern, Volker Drecoll, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck , 2016, 305-327 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of the article is to explore the usage of biblical creation and passion narratives in Lars von Trier's film Anti-Christ (2009) from a game theoretical perspective. The analysis shows how biblical narratives are used to complexify characters as well as plot line, for example through the alternation of the man and the woman as Christ-figures. The analysis concludes with a critique of the popular reception of the film, in which the woman is posited as victim and "loser", and demonstrates rather how she develops into a complex figure, i.e. as patient and avenger, collaborator and defector, abuser and self-mutilateor etc... Another outcome of the analysis is the exposure and calling into question of a certain set of game dynamics in the war between the sexes.

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Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck , 2016. 305-327 p.
, Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament
Keyword [en]
Lars von Trier, Anti-Christ, film, masculinity, game theory, montage, Deleuze, Nietzsche, Gen 1-3, passion narrative
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Old Testament Exegesis
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-293064OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-293064DiVA: diva2:927704
Available from: 2016-05-12 Created: 2016-05-11 Last updated: 2016-06-20

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