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By Onno Zijlstra & Susan ten Heuw

This colourful and richly illustrated book deals with the relationship between contemporary society, religion and the individual, and the role played by postmodern art within that relationship. The merits of the Enlightenment and postmodernism notwithstanding, there are indications that the Western individual regards his freedom as a burden and attempts to repudiate his own identity by taking refuge in consumerism, group culture, fundamentalism and virtual worlds. Onno Zijlstra and Suzan ten Heuw analyse what is going on in today’s Western society and how things have come to such a pass. The individualisation of religion plays an important role here and forms a breeding ground for extremism and spirituality of all sorts. The authors make an appeal to the individual’s power of the imagination. They emphasise the importance of reading and rereading, and of stimulating creativity. They ascribe an important role to the visual arts and to literature because this is where religion can be expressed and because both art and literature can serve as a vehicle for individuality.

2011, Nederlands ISBN 9789089890832 NUR 612
Author(s) Onno Zijlstra & Susan ten Heuw
Design Ines Cox, Werkplaats Typografie, ArtEZ University of the Arts
Co-Publishers Terra Lannoo
Pages 245 p.
Dimensions 17 × 24 cm
Illustrations Ca. 150 b/w and colour ills.
Binding Paperback