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More Than Precious Memories : The Rhetoric Of Southern Gospel Music

By author: Michael P. GravesEdited by: David Fillingim
Product Code: P303
ISBN: 9780865549555
Product Format: Paperback
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More than Precious Memories is the first book of its kind—a collection of essays offering scholarly analysis and interpretation of Southern Gospel Music. Believing Southern Gospel Music to be a significant cultural and religious phenomenon worthy of the best efforts of scholarship, Graves and Fillingim have assembled a diverse group of scholars who apply a variety of methods and theories to the task of understanding Southern Gospel Music and its cultural context. These scholars and approaches include the following. • Scott Tucker, looks at the theme of “heaven” in six of the Gaither Homecoming songbooks • David Fillingim looks at how Southern Gospel Music answers the question of theodicy from the perspective of the rural, white, working class • Robert M. McManus explores selected song lyrics to show how Southern Gospel Music helps construct the identity of the community compared to Contemporary Christian Music • Darlene R. Graves identifies key sustaining personality strengths of women that tend to preserve consistency between their public performance and personal spiritual walk • Elizabeth F. Desnoyers-Colas and Stephanie Howard (Asabi) explore Southern Gospel and Black Gospel music, through the influence of Thomas A. Dorsey • Michael Graves examines how the culture of Southern Gospel Music deals with its inevitable prodigal sons • Raymond D.S. Anderson analyzes the Gaither Homecoming videos as examples of the postmodern turn in American popular Christian culture • John D. Keeler presents the first audience study of Southern Gospel Music employing a “Uses and Gratifications” research framework • Paul A. Creasman examines the ways Southern Gospel Music as a culture memorializes its dead by use of the Internet • Naaman Wood reviews significant scholarly approaches to the study of popular music
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