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Small Screen, Big Picture
Television and Lived Religion
Edited by Diane Winston
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.
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
3. The Wire: Playing the Game
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.
6. “The Fire Next Time”: Sleeper Cell and Muslims on Television Post 9/11
Neither Male nor Female
7. “Elect Xena God”: Religion Remixed in a (Post-)Television Culture
8. “You Know How It Is with Nuns…”: Religion and Television’s Sacred/Secular Fetuses
9. Moralizing Whiteness in Joan of Arcadia
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
14. “Who am I? Where am I Going?”: Life, Death and Religion in The Sopranos
15. A Television Auteur Confronts God: the Religious Imagination of Tom Fontana
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).
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