Christian popular culture from The Chronicles of Narnia to Duck Dynasty / Eleanor Hersey Nickel.

Nickel, Eleanor Hersey [Browse]
  • Eugene, OR : Cascade Books, [2020]
  • ©2020
ix, 227 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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"Christian popular culture has tremendous influence on many American churchgoers. When we have a choice between studying the Bible and reading novels, downloading movies, or watching television, we become less familiar with Numbers than with Narnia. This book examines popular Christian narratives with rigorous scholarly methods and assumes that they are just as complex, fascinating, and worthy of investigation as the latest secular Netflix series or dystopian novel. While most scholars focus on the religious aspects of Christian texts, this study takes a new approach by analyzing their social responsibility in portraying the complex dynamics of race, class, and gender in a profoundly unequal America. Close readings of six case studies--The Chronicles of Narnia, Francine Rivers's Redeeming Love, Jan Karon's Mitford novels, Left Behind, the films of the Sherwood Baptist Church, and Duck Dynasty--uncover both harmful stereotypes and Christians serving as leaders in social justice" --
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-216) and index.
Whiner or warrior? Susan Pevensie's role in the novel and film versions of The Chronicles of Narnia -- The prostitute in the fairy tale : objectifying women in Redeeming Love -- "But this is the South" : race, class and southern identity in Jan Karon's Mitford novels -- "He hoped she was gone" : A world without Christian women in Left Behind -- From sidekicks to protagonists : Black and Latino characters in the films of the Sherwood Baptist Church -- Lil' Will and Boomerang Becca : racial others on Duck Dynasty.
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  • 9781725281202 ((paperback))
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