Eyes Wide Open: Looking for God in Popular Culture

Eyes Wide Open: Looking for God in Popular Culture

by William D. Romanowski
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1587432013

ISBN-13: 9781587432019

Pub. Date: 02/01/2007

Publisher: Baker Publishing Group

Grounded in Christian principles, this accessible and engaging book offers an informed and fascinating approach to popular culture. William D. Romanowski provides affectionate yet astute analysis of familiar, well-loved movies and television characters from Indiana Jones to Homer Simpson, and he speaks with historical depth and expertise on films from Casablanca

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Grounded in Christian principles, this accessible and engaging book offers an informed and fascinating approach to popular culture. William D. Romanowski provides affectionate yet astute analysis of familiar, well-loved movies and television characters from Indiana Jones to Homer Simpson, and he speaks with historical depth and expertise on films from Casablanca to Crash and music from Bruce Springsteen to U2.

Romanowski's confessional approach affirms a role for popular culture in faithful living. Practical, analytical approaches to content, meaning, and artistic style offer the tools to participate responsibly and imaginatively in popular cultural activities. An engaging read, this new edition introduces students and thoughtful readers to popular culture—one of the most influential forces in contemporary society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781587432019
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/01/2007
Edition description:
Revised and Expanded Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,204,058
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents


Preface to the Revised and Expanded Edition     9
Introduction     13
Part 1
State of the Art: Worldly Amusements No More     27
The Smoke Goes Upwards: Faith and Culture     43
Terms of the Trade: Studying Popular Art and Culture     57
Part 2
Close Encounters of the High, Low, and Divine Kind: Reimagining the Popular Arts     75
Mapping Reality: Popular Art and Culture     89
Measuring Christian Distinction: Moral, Ideological, and Theological Approaches     105
Popular Art as Art: Marking the Aesthetic     125
Part 3
Cultural Landscape: Toward a Christian Framework     141
The American Melodramatic Way: Individualism, Religion, and Materialism     163
The Message in the Bottle: Love, Sex, and Gender Stereotypes     185
A History of Violence: Charting the Terrain     207
Conclusion     223
A Matrix for Analysis     231
Relevant Readings     237
Notes     243
Index     263

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