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More than Precious Memories: The Rhetoric of Southern Gospel Music

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More than Precious Memories is the first book of its kind - a collection of essays offering scholarly analysis and interpretation of Southern Gospel Music. Believing Southern Gospel Music to be a significant cultural and religious phenomenon worthy of the best efforts of scholarship, Graves and Fillingim have assembled a diverse group of scholars who apply a variety of methods and theories to the task of understanding Southern Gospel Music and its cultural context.
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More than Precious Memories is the first book of its kind - a collection of essays offering scholarly analysis and interpretation of Southern Gospel Music. Believing Southern Gospel Music to be a significant cultural and religious phenomenon worthy of the best efforts of scholarship, Graves and Fillingim have assembled a diverse group of scholars who apply a variety of methods and theories to the task of understanding Southern Gospel Music and its cultural context.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780865548572
  • Publisher: Mercer University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Table of Contents

Prelude : singing the glory down : what is Southern Gospel Music?
Introduction : more than "precious memories" 1
1 Looking for a city : the rhetorical vision of heaven in Southern Gospel Music 23
2 Oft made to wonder : Southern Gospel Music as theodicy 43
3 Southern Gospel Music vs. contemporary Christian music : competing for the soul of Evangelicalism 57
4 "When Mama prayed" : an exploration of matriarchial mentorship in Southern Gospel families 89
5 Bridge over troubled gospel waters : the cross-cultural appeal of Thomas A. Dorsey's signature songs 131
6 The Gaither homecoming videos and the ceremonial reinstatement of Southern Gospel Music performers 153
7 Evolving rivers of joy : postmodernity and American Christian culture 183
8 Why do they love Southern Gospel Music? : an audience study of the Bill Gaither nostalgic concert video presentations 201
9 Southern Gospel and its home in cyberspace 235
10 Polyphonic criticism : notes toward a future direction of SGM studies 273
App A flight from liminality : "home" in country and gospel music 289
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