Material History of American Religion Project

Selected bibliography


Previous visitors to the site have been asking about other research into the material history of American religion. We've assembled a brief (and incomplete) bibliography of recent interesting work in the areas of material culture and materialism in American religion. (The bibliography was prepared in 1998 and so might be out of date.)

Donna Birdwell-Pheasant and Denise Lawrence-Zuniga, eds., House Life: Space, Place and Family in Europe (New York: New York University Press, 1998).

Simon J. Bronner, Grasping Things: Folk Material Culture and Mass Society in America (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1986).

David Chidester and Edward Tabor Linenthal, eds., American Sacred Space (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995).

C. Kurt Dewhurst, Betty MacDowell, and Marsha MacDowell, Religious Folk Art in America (New York: E.P. Dutton, 1983).

John Dillenberger, The Visual Arts and Christianity in America: The Colonial Period Through the Nineteenth Century (Chico, California: Scholars Press, 1989).

David D. Hall, ed., Lived Religion in America: Toward a History of Practice (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997).

Jenna Weisssman Joselit, The Wonders of America: Reinventing Jewish Culture, 1880-1950 (New York: Hill and Wang, 1994).

Colleen McDannell, The Christian Home in Victorian America, 1840-1900 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1986).

Colleen McDannell, "Interpreting Things: Material Culture Studies and American Religion," Religion 21 (1991), 371-387.

Colleen McDannell, Material Christianity: Religion and Popular Culture in America (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995).

R. Laurence Moore, Selling God: American Religion in the Marketplace of Culture (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994).

David Morgan, ed., Icons of American Protestantism: The Art of Warner Sallman (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996).

David Morgan, Visual Piety: A History and Theory of Popular Religious Images (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998).

Thomas C. O'Guinn and Russell W. Belk, "Heaven on Earth: Consumption at Heritage Village, U.S.A.," Journal of Consumer Research 16 (1989), 227-237.

Robert Orsi, The Madonna of 115th Street: Faith and Community in Italian Harlem, 1880-1950 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1985).

Sally M. Promey, Painting Religion in Public: John Singer Sargent's "Triumph of Religion" at the Boston Public Library (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1999).

Sally M. Promey, Spiritual Spectacles: Vision and Image in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Shakerism (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1993).

Roger Robins, "Vernacular American Landscape: Methodists, Camp Meetings, and Social Respectability," Religion and American Culture 4 (1994), 165-192.

Leigh Eric Schmidt, "'A Church Going People are a Dress Loving People': Clothes, Communication, and Religious Culture in Early America," Church History 58 (1989), 36-51.

Leigh Eric Schmidt, Consumer Rites: The Buying and Selling of American Holidays (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995).

Thomas A. Tweed, Our Lady of the Exile: Diasporic Religion at a Cuban Catholic Shrine in Miami (New York: Oxford University Press, 1997).

Peter W. Williams, Houses of God: Region, Religion, and Architecture in the United States (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1997).

16 February 2000

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