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Creation and Creativity: From Genesis to Genetics and Back
Caroline Vander Stichele, Alastair G. Hunter
Publication Date
October 2006


The idea of creation and creativity is among the most powerful and pervasive of metaphors bequeathed to the modern world by the scriptures of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Twelve specialists here explore the original sources and contemporary manifestations of the theme in both high and low culture, from the book of Genesis to James Joyce’s Ulysses, Children of Gebalawi by the Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz, and the Polish poetry of Wislawa Szymborska, and to popular films such as Bruce Almighty and Animatrix, and animation films for children. Even current debates on genetics and ecology and the public exhibition of plastinated human bodies invoke these same themes and make this volume a topical contribution to cultural studies today.


Alastair G. Hunter and Caroline Vander Stichele, “Introduction”


Athalya Brenner, “Recreating the Biblical Creation for Western Children: Provisional Reflections on Some Case Studies”

David Jasper, “ ‘Down through All Christian Minstrelsy’: Genesis, James Joyce and Contemporary Vocabularies of Creation”

Richard van Leeuwen, “Creation and Revelation in Naguib Mahfouz's Novel Children of Gebelawi


Lloyd Ridgeon, “Is the God of Islam an Evil Creator?”

Alastair Hunter, “Creation out of (Almost) Nothing or Does G*d Wear Genes?”

Wim Drees, “Vocabularies of Creation and Creativity in Debates on Genetics and Ecology”


Alison Jasper, “Mysteries under your Skin”

Jan Willem van Henten, “Playing God in the Movies: Bruce Almighty and the Preposterous History of Genesis 1:26–27”

Caroline Vander Stichele and Todd Penner, “Terminatrix: Visualizing the End of Creation in Animatrix

Louise Joy Lawrence, “Tracing Tricksters: Creation and Creativity in John’s Gospel”

Jonneke Bekkenkamp, “Why on Earth? Creation and Creativity in the Vocabularies of Patricia de Martelaere, Wislawa Szymborska and Julia Cameron”

Caroline Vander Stichele is Lecturer in Religious Studies, University of Amsterdam. Alastair G. Hunter is Senior Lecturer in Hebrew and Old Testament Studies, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Glasgow.

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