Provocative Parables at the Intersection of the Secular and the Supernatural

(Roundtable)


American/Diaspora / Cultural Studies and Media Studies

Trip McCrossin (Rutgers University)

A trio of anniversaries in 2021, the tenth of Terrence Malick’s film, The Tree of Life, and Tom Perrotta’s novel, The Leftovers, and the twentieth of Neil Gaiman’s novel, American Gods, is a provocative occasion for a critical reexamination of these and related parables at the intersection of the secular and the supernatural, in their original formulations and as they have developed subsequently.
A critical reexamination of contemporary parables at the intersection of the secular and the supernatural, including, for example, three enjoying decennial anniversaries in 2021: Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life (2011), Tom Perrotta’s The Leftovers (2011), and Neil Gaiman’s American Gods (2001).