Imagining Our Neighbors as Ourselves: How Art Shapes Empathy

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6.3 X 9.06 X 1.02 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author

Mary W. McCampbell is associate professor of humanities at Lee University, where she regularly teaches courses on contemporary fiction, film, popular culture, and modernism. A native Tennessean, she completed her doctorate at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (UK). She is the author of pieces in Spiritual Identities: Literature and the Post-Secular Imagination, Sacred and Immoral: On the Writings of Chuck Palahniuk, The Modern Humanities Research Association's Yearbook of English Studies, Image, The Other Journal, Relevant, Christianity Today, and The Curator. McCampbell was the Summer 2014 Writer-in-Residence at L'Abri Fellowship in Greatham, England, and a 2018 Winter/Spring Scholar-in-Residence at Regent Theological College in Vancouver, British Columbia.


"Delightfully expansive and thoughtful, Imagining Our Neighbors as Ourselves is a vital resource for all who are interested in exploring intersections between the arts and Christian faith. Her work will. . . expand our canons of worthwhile narrative art and challenge ingrained aesthetic preferences, and it merits wide readership among all who seek to both imagine and truly love our neighbors as ourselves." --Transpositions

"Imagining Our Neighbors as Ourselves will instruct and delight any reader who cares even a little about art, imagination, and humanity." --Karen Swallow Prior, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

"From Douglas Coupland to C. S. Lewis, from Flannery O'Connor to Toni Morrison, McCampbell paints a landscape of mystery, hope, and splendor for our imagination to be fed and to be nurtured toward the New Creation." --Makoto Fujimura, artist and author of Art+Faith: A Theology of Making

"McCampbell takes the ingredients of the familiar and invites us on a theological and experiential journey to self and neighbor compassion. In her book, both storytelling and story analysis, from film to Holy Scripture, inspire and equip us to grow what seems so lacking today: empathy." --Christina Edmondson, psychologist, cohost of the Truth's Table podcast, and author of Faithful Antiracism: Moving Past Talk to Systemic Change

"McCampbell has given us a vision of a flourishing community: one full of art, music, film, and fiction that tells the stories of who we are and the diverse gifts we bring to the table." --Jessica Hooten Wilson, University of Dallas