Title: Dialectics of Adoration: World Youth Day, Shopping Malls, and the Return of the Baroque
Authors: De Maeseneer, Yves # ×
Issue Date: 2006
Series Title: ET. Bulletin vol:17 pages:126-141
Abstract: This essay develops the idea that contemporary society and religion are marked by a return of the baroque, and how this hypothesis opens up a horizon to read Vincent Miller’s Consuming Religion in a European context. First, we present our interpretation of ‘the baroque’, in which we use Walter Benjamin as a guide. The baroque is defined as a style of spectacular restoration after the collapse of traditional systems – with specific theological, aesthetic and political strategies at work. Second, the focus concerns the return of the baroque in two significant places: Manchester (Britain’s consumer capital) and the 2005 World Youth Day in Cologne. Finally, we elaborate a critical theological perspective, commenting upon the Eucharistic adoration: in our dialectical interpretation this liturgical phenomenon may appear as the climax of neo-baroque commodification, yet it may simultaneously function as a redemptive practice in consumer culture.
ISSN: 0939-3897
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
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