What Would Jesus Read?: Popular Religious Books and Everyday Life in Twentieth-Century America

What Would Jesus Read?: Popular Religious Books and Everyday Life in Twentieth-Century America

by Erin A. Smith

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ISBN-13: 9781469621326
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 04/13/2015
Pages: 410
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Erin A. Smith is associate professor of American studies and literature at the University of Texas at Dallas.

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Barbara Hochman Ben-Gurion University

A fascinating exploration of reading culture and religion in the United States, Erin A. Smith’s What Would Jesus Read is the most comprehensive account of popular religious fiction to date. Smith’s incisive analysis interrogates the idea of middlebrow reading by including forgotten readers of religious literature along with the books they turned to for solace, entertainment, and pleasure. Smith not only expands our understanding of novels that are often neglected in literary accounts, but also provides insight into the men and women who consumed them.

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A fascinating exploration of reading culture and religion in the United States, Erin A. Smith's What Would Jesus Read? is the most comprehensive account of popular religious fiction to date. Smith's incisive analysis interrogates the idea of middlebrow reading by including forgotten readers of religious literature along with the books they turned to for solace, entertainment, and pleasure. Smith not only expands our understanding of novels that are often neglected in literary accounts, but also provides insight into the men and women who consumed them." —Barbara Hochman, Ben-Gurion University

Lynn S. Neal

The scope of What Would Jesus Read? and the range of issues with which it grapples are impressive. I know of no other book that tackles these types of texts, and as Smith argues, these are the books that people read but scholars rarely study. In tackling this neglected topic in a coherent and compelling way, Smith has written an ambitious, informative, and inspiring book that will stand as a significant contribution to literary and religious studies.

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