Winston and her colleagues deepen understanding of American mass culture, and this book merits reading and discussion... Recommended. All readers. --CHOICE
God and television have been together from the start--from the theologically explicit "Lamp Unto My Feet" and "Life Is Worth Living" to the I-can-walk-again schmaltz of "Highway to Heaven" and "Touched By an Angel." Small Screen, Big Picture, however, concentrates on more recent and complex examples of the partnership. In fifteen rich, compelling, and often amusing essays, this book describes the remarkable flowering of religious themes in the high-quality television melodramas of the new century. It discusses with both sanity and intelligence two subjects that are often discussed with neither. --Robert Thompson, Professor of Television and Popular Culture, Syracuse University
About the Author
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).