Joe Fulton

in American Literature

ISBN: 9780199827251
Published online August 2012 | | DOI:


For all of the 17th and most of the 18th century, the sermon was the dominant literary form in the American colonies. The sermon played an important role in the Revolution, and, while retreating somewhat in its dominance in the 19th and 20th centuries, remains a significant force in American cultural life. The sermon genre, along with other colonial writing, was often considered less than literary, but scholars began taking sermons seriously as literary works in the 1930s and 1940s. Time has confirmed that opinion, and subsequently a greater diversity in American sermonology has become evident, with scholars examining the theological dynamics of many denominations, particular types of sermons, gender and race issues in sermonology, and the relationship of sermons throughout history to historical and cultural contexts, such as abolition, the Civil War, women’s rights, civil rights, and the impact of technological innovations such as radio, television, and the Internet.

Article.  7184 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (American)

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