Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages

Volume 4, 2003


EDITORIAL: Tourists, Guests and Why We Learn Other Languages                 To read the editorial online, click here


                    Julia Van Loan Aguilar

Although a text may not reflect an author’s life story, it does quite often reveal his or her worldview in the construct of plot and characters. Such is the case with two seminal writers of detective fiction: Jorge Luis Borges and G.K. Chesterton. This article discusses Chesterton’s influence on Borges in imagining an intrigue but points out how each author’s ontological views lead them to divergent narrative closure.

                    Michael Sullivan

Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s play, Sueños hay que verdad son exposes the author’s abilities at aesthetically “glossing” a Scriptural text, an incident from the life of Joseph. With the use of diptych, contiguous sonnets Calderón skillfully leads the reader through Joseph’s interpretation of Pharoah’s dream, the fat cattle and thin cattle and the fruitful head of grain and the withered head of grain. In his aesthetic glossing of the biblical passage Calderón highlights the themes of the inexorable passage of time and man’s reaction to these seemingly uncontrollable events. The article also discusses practical teaching strategies and textual implications for Christian teachers of literature.


                   Christine Goring Kepner

Three films by María Luisa Bemberg (Argentina, 1922-1995) present alternative views of Latin American women. Strong female protagonists act to forge their own destinies as they search for identity and purpose from within a culture dominated by a patriarchal Church and State. Scrutiny of the costs and consequences of the characters’ choices serves to promote critical thinking and cultural understanding objectives for Christian liberal arts students.


                    Mary Docter

                    Kevin Williams

                    Lindy Scott, Matthew Reynolds, Annsley Scruton-Wilson and Mark Ortman.