A pioneering study at the intersection of religion and media, Small Screen, Big Picture treats television as a virtual meeting place where Americans across racial, ethnic, economic and religious lines find instructive and inspirational narratives. An interdisciplinary tour de force , this book describes how television converts social concerns, cultural conundrums and metaphysical questions into stories that explore and even shape who we are and would like to be--the building blocks of religious speculation.
Diane Winston (Ph.D., Princeton University) is Associate Professor and Knight Chair in Media and Religion, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California. She is the author of Faith in the Market: Religion and Urban Commercial Culture (2002), and Red-Hot and Righteous: The Urban Religion of the Salvation Army (1999).
Introduction Diane Winston Old Wine in New Skins 1. True Believers and Atheists Need not Apply: Faith and Mainstream Television DramaS. Elizabeth Bird2. In the Beginning ... DeadwoodHorace Newcomb3. The Wire: Playing the GameCraig Detweiler4. "For What I Have Done and What I Have Failed to Do": Vernacular Catholicism and The West WingLeonard Norman Primiano5. Mixed Blessing: Generational Effects of Interfaith Marriage in Everwood and The O.C.Vincent Brook6. "The Fire Next Time": Sleeper Cell and Muslims on Television Post 9/11Amir Hussain Neither Male nor Female 7. "Elect Xena God": Religion Remixed in a (Post-)Television CultureSheila Briggs8. "You Know How It Is with Nuns...": Religion and Television's Sacred/Secular FetusesHeather Hendershot9. Moralizing Whiteness in Joan of ArcadiaLanita Jacobs-Huey10. "A Vagina Ain't a Halo": Gender and Religion in Saving Grace and Battlestar GalaticaAnthea Butler and Diane Winston Revelation 11. "Chiariidaa o Sukue, Sekai o Sukue!": Nuclear Dread and the Pokemonization of American Religion in Season One of HeroesRudy V. Busto12. You LOST Me: Mystery, Fandom, and Religion in ABC's LOSTLynn Schofield Clark13. "Have a Little Faith": Religious Vision in Fox's Prison BreakMarcia Dawkins14. "Who am I? Where am I Going?": Life, Death and Religion in The SopranosAdele Reinhartz15. A Television Auteur Confronts God: the Religious Imagination of Tom FontanaElijah Siegler