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Judgment and Grace in Dixie: Southern Faiths from Faulkner to Elvis New Ed Edition

ISBN-13: 978-0820329659
ISBN-10: 0820329657
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Wilson (editor of the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, LJ 7/89) examines popular religious icons, symbols, and rituals of Southern culture in this loosely linked collection of essays. Part 1 focuses on Protestant Evangelism, the Lost Cause, and Southern civil religion. Part 2 looks at creative religious expressions in country music, popular visual arts, and literature. Part 3 deals with such aspects of popular culture as the iconography of Elvis, the significance of beauty queens, and sacred Southern space. The author feels that attention to these popular manifestations promotes a better understanding of the uniqueness of this region and its people. Wilson writes in a clear and entertaining style with insight and sympathy. He understands and explains the pervasive religious mindset of the South. Recommended for public and academic libraries.?C. Robert Nixon, MLS, Lafayette, Ind.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Wilson, a University of Mississippi professor of history and southern studies and coeditor of The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, argued in Baptized in Blood (1980) that southerners constructed a powerful civil religion after the Civil War by clothing the cause lost and way of life ended by that conflict in the trappings of the region's religious beliefs. In these 12 essays, he examines changes in this civil religion since the 1920s and the current role of civil and popular religion in the region's culture and creative expression. Wilson's subjects include visionary art, preoccupation with death in country music, Faulkner, Elvis, Bear Bryant, and beauty contests. Librarians will appreciate his argument that religious fundamentalism was "a major obstacle to a widespread acceptance of a book culture," but the Bible the fundamentalists sought to protect "played an enormous role in fostering creativity." Oral tradition in the South, Wilson suggests, has been well studied; he urges attention to the visual symbols and icons animating southern religion and culture for insights into the "worldview of the region's people." Mary Carroll --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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