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Small Screen, Big Picture
Television and Lived Religion

Edited by Diane Winston

Small Screen, Big Picture
Paperback, 535 pages $39.95
Published: 15th May 2009
ISBN: 9781602581852
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Cultural Studies, All Religious Studies, Media Studies, Religion & Popular Culture

A pioneering study at the intersection of religion and media, Small Screen, Big Picture treats television as a virtual meeting place where Americans across racial, ethnic, economic and religious lines find instructive and inspirational narratives. An interdisciplinary tour de force, this book describes how television converts social concerns, cultural conundrums and metaphysical questions into stories that explore and even shape who we are and would like to be--the building blocks of religious speculation.


Diane Winston

Old Wine in New Skins

1. True Believers and Atheists Need not Apply: Faith and Mainstream Television Drama

S. Elizabeth Bird

2. In the Beginning … Deadwood

Horace Newcomb

3. The Wire:  Playing the Game

Craig Detweiler

4. “For What I Have Done and What I Have Failed to Do”: Vernacular Catholicism and The West Wing

Leonard Norman Primiano

5. Mixed Blessing:  Generational Effects of Interfaith Marriage in Everwood and The O.C.

Vincent Brook

6. “The Fire Next Time”: Sleeper Cell and Muslims on Television Post 9/11

Amir Hussain

Neither Male nor Female

7. “Elect Xena God”:  Religion Remixed in a (Post-)Television Culture

Sheila Briggs

8. “You Know How It Is with Nuns…”: Religion and Television’s Sacred/Secular Fetuses

Heather Hendershot

9. Moralizing Whiteness in Joan of Arcadia

Lanita Jacobs-Huey

10. “A Vagina Ain’t a Halo”:  Gender and Religion in Saving Grace and Battlestar Galatica

Anthea Butler and Diane Winston


11. “Chiariidaa o Sukue, Sekai o Sukue!”:  Nuclear Dread and the Pokémonization of American Religion in Season One of Heroes

Rudy V. Busto

12. You LOST Me: Mystery, Fandom, and Religion in ABC’s LOST

Lynn Schofield Clark

13. “Have a Little Faith”: Religious Vision in Fox’s Prison Break

Marcia Dawkins

14. “Who am I? Where am I Going?”: Life, Death and Religion in The Sopranos

Adele Reinhartz

15. A Television Auteur Confronts God: the Religious Imagination of Tom Fontana

Elijah Siegler

Winston and her colleagues deepen understanding of American mass culture, and this book merits reading and discussion... Recommended. All readers.


This book discusses with both sanity and intelligence two subjects that are often discussed with neither.

—Robert Thompson, Professor of Television and Popular Culture, Syracuse University

Diane Winston (Ph.D., Princeton University) is Associate Professor and Knight Chair in Media and Religion, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California.  She is the author of Faith in the Market: Religion and Urban Commercial Culture (2002), and Red-Hot and Righteous: The Urban Religion of the Salvation Army (1999).

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 535 pages
 9in x 6in

  SOC022000, SOC039000, SOC052000
 Baylor University Press

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