John Shelton Lawrence, professor emeritus of philosophy, and Robert Jewett, professor emeritus of religion, recently were featured as experts on popular culture in international publications.
John Shelton Lawrence, professor emeritus of philosophy at Morningside College, and Robert Jewett, professor emeritus of religion at Morningside, recently were featured as experts on popular culture in international publications.
Lawrence and Jewett coauthored the lead essay, “The Mythic Shape of ‘American Sniper,’” for the book “American Cinema in the Shadow of 9/11” edited by Terence McSweeney for Edinburgh University Press in Scotland. Lawrence and Jewett’s essay focuses on their interpretation of the late Chris Kyle as the best known individual veteran of the Iraq War.
Lawrence also wrote the foreword to Peter Vogel’s book “Hollywood Justice: Vigilante Justice in American Film 1915 – 2015.” The book is written in German and was published in Germany by Muehlbeyer Film Publishing.
Lawrence and Jewett were colleagues at Morningside College from 1966 to 1979. Their first publication together was in 1975. Other collaborative works include the books “The American Monomyth,” “The Myth of the American Superhero,” “Captain America and the Crusade Against Evil” and “Hollywood Justice.”
Lawrence lives in Berkley, Calif. Jewett lives in Lincoln, Neb., where he has been affiliated with St. Mark’s Church as theologian-in-residence.