- Series: McGill Studies in the History of Religions
- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr (January 1, 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: #4,906,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Over the Rainbow: The Wizard of Oz As a Secular Myth of America (McGill Studies in the History of Religions) Hardcover – January 1, 1992
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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.