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Religion and Popular Print Culture

Erin A. Smith

in The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199234066
Published online March 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191803352 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199234066.003.0014

Series: The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture

Religion and Popular Print Culture

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This chapter explores the link between religion and popular print culture in the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. More specifically, it examines the impact of religious books and other narratives on best-selling formulas, ways of reading, and the development of mass publishing. It first considers the business of religious publishing and the characteristics of popular religious texts, including social gospel novels and those dealing with the Bible before turning to the Christians’ relationship to fiction. Finally, it discusses the controversy surrounding religious fiction.

Keywords: religion; popular print culture; United States; religious books; reading; religious publishing; social gospel novels; Bible; Christians; religious fiction

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Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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