- Series: SUNY Series, McGill Studies in the History of Religions, A Series Devoted to International Scholarship
- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: SUNY Press (January 10, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0791407098
- ISBN-13: 978-0791407097
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.2 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,506,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Over the Rainbow: The Wizard of Oz as a Secular Myth of America (SUNY Series, McGill Studies in the History of Religions, A Series Devoted to International Scholarship) Hardcover – January 10, 1992
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“It is a most fascinating text reflecting an interest in the psychological, historical, sociological, and analytical approaches to film and religious studies. It presents a refreshing and in-depth study of this landmark film with extensive scholarship. Nathanson includes myriad bits of information that lie behind the scenes of the production itself and its historical context.” ― John J. Michalczyk, Boston College
“The strength of this book is the thoroughness and imaginativeness with which the author approaches and covers the subject ― and every area is treated with an innovative approach. I know it will be something of a landmark in film-culture studies.” ― Ray B. Browne, Department of Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University
About the Author
Paul Nathanson is a researcher in the field of Religious Studies at the McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics, and Law. He is working with Katherine K. Young on the forthcoming book The Future of Nature: Reproductive Technologies and the Symbolic Frontier.
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While Nathanson himself is a great admirer of the film, the importance of this study goes far beyond that particular production; it sets a standard of scholarship that is unrivaled in the field.
I have used this book in undergraduate religion and popular culture courses at two colleges in the northeast and also at the University of Alabama. It has been exceedingly helpful in introducing students to the religious character that lurks just below the surface of secular American culture -- what some scholars have called the "implicit" religiosity of popular culture. The book has opened students' eyes to religion in places they least expected to find it (indeed, some students even expect to encounter the Devil in productions that emanate from Hollywood). But it has also introduced them to perennial religious themes and enduring problems in the study of religion, thereby demonstrating to them that the academic study of religion is not only fascinating, it is also fun.