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

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

by Charles Reagan Wilson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820329657

ISBN-13: 9780820329659

Pub. Date: 06/01/2007

Publisher: University of Georgia Press


Religion has permeated nearly every aspect of modern southern culture, with results that range from portraits of Jesus on black velvet to the soul-stirring orations of Martin Luther King Jr. In Judgment and Grace in Dixie, Charles Reagan Wilson makes a lively appraisal of religion's influence on such expressions of regional life as literature, music, and…  See more details below

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Religion has permeated nearly every aspect of modern southern culture, with results that range from portraits of Jesus on black velvet to the soul-stirring orations of Martin Luther King Jr. In Judgment and Grace in Dixie, Charles Reagan Wilson makes a lively appraisal of religion's influence on such expressions of regional life as literature, music, and folk art, as well as on such public spectacles as football games and beauty pageants.

Wilson's focus is on popular religion--evangelical Protestantism as embraced at the grassroots level, where distinctions between the sacred and secular are blurred and belief in the supernatural remains strong. As he traces the development and meaning of popular religion and pop culture, Wilson ranges widely across a spiritual landscape rich in iconic accumulations of people, places, events, and artifacts--church fans and Elvis Presley memorabilia, the painting of Howard Finster and the songs of Hank Williams, the Scopes trial and the death of Bear Bryant.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820329659
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
06/01/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
234
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1The Southern Religious Culture: Distinctiveness and Social Change3
2"God's Project": The Southern Civil Religion, 1920-198018
3The Death of Bear Bryant: Myth and Ritual in the Modern South37
4William Faulkner and the Southern Religious Culture55
5Southern Religion and Visionary Art73
Church Fans84
6Digging Up Bones: Death in Country Music94
7The South's Torturous Search for the Good Books110
8The Iconography of Elvis129
9Sunday at the First Baptist Church139
10The Cult of Beauty144
11Unifying the Symbols of Southern Culture159
12Sacred Southern Space164
Afterword: Popular Religion and the Southern Cultural Passage175
Notes179
Index197

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