Christian Popular Culture from the Chronicles of Narnia to Duck Dynasty

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Eleanor Hersey Nickel
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Wipf & Stock
    , May
     238 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Christian popular culture has tremendous influence on many American churchgoers. When we have a choice between studying the Bible and reading novels, downloading movies, or watching television, we become less familiar with Numbers than with Narnia. This book examines popular Christian narratives with rigorous scholarly methods and assumes that they are just as complex, fascinating, and worthy of investigation as the latest secular Netflix series or dystopian novel. While most scholars focus on the religious aspects of Christian texts, this study takes a new approach by analyzing their social responsibility in portraying the complex dynamics of race, class, and gender in a profoundly unequal America. Close readings of six case studies--The Chronicles of Narnia, Francine Rivers's Redeeming Love, Jan Karon's Mitford novels, Left Behind, the films of the Sherwood Baptist Church, and Duck Dynasty--uncover both harmful stereotypes and Christians serving as leaders in social justice.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Eleanor Hersey Nickel is professor of English at Fresno Pacific University, where she teaches courses in American literature, literary theory, creative writing, literature and film, and C. S. Lewis. She has published articles and book chapters on popular cultural texts from American Idol to The X-Files.


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