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


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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.

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


Categories: Modern,

Publisher: University of Georgia Press: 1995-11-01

ISBN Number:: 0820317535

ISBN Number: 13: 9780820317533

Binding:: Hardcover

Book Condition:: New

Seller ID:: 20070824119676