Religion and the Culture of Print in Modern America

Religion and the Culture of Print in Modern America

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Mingling God and Mammon, piety and polemics, and prescriptions for this world and the next, modern Americans have created a culture of print that is vibrantly religious. From Americaa€™s beginnings, the printed word has played a central role in articulating, propagating, defending, critiquing, and sometimes attacking religious belief. In the last two centuries the United States has become both the leading producer and consumer of print and one of the most identifiably religious nations on earth. Print in every form has helped religious groups come to grips with modernity as they construct their identities. In turn, publishers have profited by swelling their lists with spiritual advice books and scriptures formatted so as to attract every conceivable niche market. Religion and the Culture of Print in Modern America explores how a variety of print mediaa€”religious tracts, newsletters, cartoons, pamphlets, self-help books, mass-market paperbacks, and editions of the Bible from the King James Version to contemporary a€œBible-zinesa€a€”have shaped and been shaped by experiences of faith since the Civil War. Edited by Charles L. Cohen and Paul S. Boyer, whose comprehensive historical essays provide a broad overview to the topic, this book is the first on the history of religious print culture in modern America and a well-timed entry into the increasingly prominent contemporary debate over the role of religion in American public life. Best Books for General Audiences, selected by the American Association of School Librarians, and Best Books for Regional Special Interests, selected by the Public Library AssociationFor works specifically on religious best sellers, see Ralph Carey, aquot;Best Selling Religion: A History of Popular Religious ... 1998, Nonfiction And according to the New York Times Book Review best-seller lists by date: Louise Hay, You Can Healanbsp;...


Title:Religion and the Culture of Print in Modern America
Author: Charles L. Cohen, Paul S. Boyer
Publisher:Univ of Wisconsin Press - 2008-07-09
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