Eyes Wide Open Looking for God in Popular Culture

ISBN-10: 1587432013

ISBN-13: 9781587432019

Edition: 2007 (Revised)

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Grounded in Christian principles, this accessible and engaging book offers an informed and fascinating approach to popular culture. William D. Romanowski provides affectionate yet astute analysis of familiar, well-loved movies and television characters from Cinderella Man to Homer Simpson. He speaks with expertise on films from The Chronicles of Narnia to Crash and music from Mozart to U2, bringing sources as diverse as Shakespeare and Allan Bloom into the discussion.Romanowski's confessional approach affirms a role for popular culture in faithful living. Practical, analytical approaches to content, meaning, and artistic style offer the tools to participate responsibly and imaginatively in popular cultural activities. An engaging read, this new edition introduces students and thoughtful readers to popular culture--one of the most influential forces in contemporary society.
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List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Brazos Press
Publication date: 2/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

William D. Romanowski is assistant professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in American Culture at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.

Preface to the Revised and Expanded Edition
State of the Art: Worldly Amusements No More
The Smoke Goes Upwards: Faith and Culture
Terms of the Trade: Studying Popular Art and Culture
Close Encounters of the High, Low, and Divine Kind: Reimagining the Popular Arts
Mapping Reality: Popular Art and Culture
Measuring Christian Distinction: Moral, Ideological, and Theological Approaches
Popular Art as Art: Marking the Aesthetic
Part 3
Cultural Landscape: Toward a Christian Framework
The American Melodramatic Way: Individualism, Religion, and Materialism
The Message in the Bottle: Love, Sex, and Gender Stereotypes
A History of Violence: Charting the Terrain
A Matrix for Analysis
Relevant Readings
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