Religion and the Culture of Print in Modern America
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: University of Wisconsin Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
The history of print culture in the United States has garnered growing scholarly attention over the past several decades, its coming of age signaled by the American Antiquarian Society’s ongoing multivolume...
This book owes its inception to Paul Boyer, who, during his years as Chair of the Center for the History of Print Culture in Modern America, deftly identified important opportunities and topics for our consideration. Founded in 1992 as a joint program of the...
1Religion and Print Culture in American History
Religion, Print Culture, and the Bible before 1876
The most vivid popular images of religious culture in the United States tend toward the hortatory (the firebrand preacher calling sinners to repent) and the architectural (a simple whitewashed church, more often than not, though the neo-Gothic splendor of the National Cathedral or the glassy futurism of the Crystal Cathedral have...
From Tracts to Mass-Market Paperbacks Spreading the Word via the Printed Page in America from the Early National Era to the Present
I take my text from John 21:23, the last verse of the last of the four Gospels attributed to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John that circulated among the early Christians: “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every...
2Printing Religious Fictions and Facts, 1800–1920
Quakers in American Print Culture, 1800–1950
One of the more memorable scenes from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852) occurs during Eliza Harris’s flight from slavery, after she arrives at the safe domestic haven of Rachel and Simeon Halliday, members of a devout Quaker household who have...
The Mythic Mission Lands Medical Missionary Literature, American Children,and Cultural Identity
In the middle of the nineteenth century the pathbreaking missionary work of Peter Parker, M.D. (1804–88), in China and Clara A. Swain, M.D. (1834–1910), in India ushered in an age of medical missions that made the missionary physician “the representative...
Joseph B. Keeler, Print Culture,and the Modernization of Mormonism, 1885–1918
The years flanking the start of the twentieth century comprised a time of transition for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Seventy years old in 1900, the Church and the larger Mormon society in which it resided still displayed much of their traditional...
3Print Culture and Religious Group Identity
The Select Few: The Megiddo Message and the Building of a Community
Decades before Internet chatrooms and listservs, a small religious sect created an international community of loyal adherents through the effective use of publications sent through the mail. The Megiddo Church, a semi-communitarian1 sect founded in Oregon...
“Is This We Have among Us Here a Jew?” The Hillel Review and Jewish Identity at the University of Wisconsin, 1925–31
In March 1925 a new student-produced periodical appeared at the University of Wisconsin, designed to “awaken a greater interest, a more active participation, a more sincere and determined effort on the part of the student community to further all things Jewish.”...
4The Print Culture of Fundamentalism
Fundamentalist Cartoons,Modernist Pamphlets, and the Religious Image of Science in the Scopes Era
The trial of John Scopes for teaching evolution in Dayton, Tennessee, has attracted much attention from historians in the eight decades since Judge John Raulston gaveled the proceedings to a close at midday on Tuesday, 21 July 1925. Edward J. Larson’s Pulitzer...
Reports from the Front Lines of Fundamentalism: William Bell Riley’s The Pilot and Its Correspondents, 1920–47
From the very first English settlement, American Protestants have demonstrated great faith in the written word to convert sinners, inspire spiritual growth, induce moral conduct, create community, and transform society. The result of this confidence in the Word...
5Popular Print Culture and Consumerism, 1920–50
The Religious Book Club: Print Culture, Consumerism, and the Spiritual Life of American Protestants between the Wars
“Matters of the spirit are common subjects of conversation,” asserted Publishers’ Weekly in 1924. “People may be heard discussing them in crowded elevators, in restaurants, in subway trains or between the acts.”1 The sentiment was widely held. Most cultural...
Psychology and Mysticismin 1940s Religion: Reading the Readers of Fosdick, Liebman, and Merton
“I can’t help but feel that we are on the brink of a great spiritual renaissance,” wrote reader Marian Grassley1 to Harry Emerson Fosdick in 1956. Grassley had recently come across Fosdick’s 1932 best seller...
6Religion and Print Culture in Contemporary America
Healing Words: Narratives of Spiritual Healing and Kathryn Kuhlman’s Uses of Print Culture, 1947–76
Kathryn Kuhlman (1907–76) was an obscure itinerant evangelist with a questionable past until one fateful day in 1947 when the forty-year-old redhead stood before a small audience in Franklin, Pennsylvania. A woman interrupted Kuhlman’s sermon to announce that a...
New Age Feminism?: Reading the Woman’s “New Age” Nonfiction Best Seller in the United States
About a decade ago, my mother began a “Women Who Run with the Wolves” group. She promptly bought a drum and jokingly howled at me while playing it, but I knew that this groundswell of female bonding, brought on by the huge success of Clarissa Pinkola...
The Bible-zine Revolve and the Evolution of the Culturally Relevant Bible in America
“The world’s largest publisher of religious material is selling the sizzle along with the solemn in a line of Bible-zines.”1 So began a Reuters news service story on Thomas Nelson Publishers and a new trend of selling the Bible packaged as a magazine. This hybrid form, half magazine/ half Bible, was not completely new to American...
Publication Year: 2008
OCLC Number: 550534200
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