Masterplots II: Christian Literature (Hardback)
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Titre : Masterplots II: Christian Literature (...
Éditeur : Salem Press Inc, United States
Date d'édition : 2007
Reliure : Hardback
Etat du livre :New
Edition : New..
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Masterplots II: Christian Literature captures the breadth of Christian literature - both fiction and nonfiction - by selecting more than 500 of the greatest and most representative works identified with the genre. At the core of this work are the fiction and nonfiction classics to which most students and general readers - Christian or secular - will be exposed at some time in their lives, from Saint Augustine's Confessions to John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress to C. S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters. Many titles represent the boom in Christian literature of the past three decades, from the Left Behind series to The Da Vinci Code. While several of the titles were not written exclusively for a Christian audience, all works covered in these volumes have been taught or analyzed from a Christian perspective. The bulk of the titles in our list, however, overtly emphasize the Christian experience. In many cases, these works were written expressly for the purpose of addressing Christian concerns or simply providing a good Christian read. geographically, with works by authors as diverse as Gustavo Gutierrez, Immaculee Ilibagiza, J. N. Mugambi, and Fumitaka Matsuoka and dates of publication ranging from Christian times to the 21st century. Titles in all the major genres are included: drama, from Everyman to Jesus Christ, Superstar; poetry, from The Dream of the Rood to Mark Jarman's Questions for Ecclesiastes; and the best of Christian genre fiction, including romance, mystery, and science fiction, as well as literary fiction. We have contemporary and often controversial blockbusters such as C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia and Rick Warren's The Purpose-Driven Life. The best-seller status of both testifies to the growing revival of interest in the genre of Christian literature. approximately 1,600 words, or 4-5 pages) is divided into sections in a predictable format that allows easy access to text discussions: Title: Title of the work (when originally not in English, the title best known in English publication); Author: Name by which the author is best known, followed in parentheses by years of birth and death; First published: Year in which the original work first appeared, plus any original foreign-language title; Edition Used: For classic works and translations; Genre: Drama, nonfiction, novel, novella, poetry, or short fiction; Subgenres: Each title's subgenre or subgenres are listed, from Adventure and Allegory to Theology and Thriller; Core Issues: Lists key subjects of particular importance in the Christian experience; Abstract: This key paragraph highlights the work's content and Christian significance in a capsule summary; and, Principal Characters: Lists the major characters. content (the meat of the essay); Christian Themes: Examines critically the issues of the work in the Christian context; Sources for Further Study: Offers a listing of readily available secondary reference material on the work and its author. Bibliographical notes appear for each source; and, Contributor Byline: The scholar or expert who wrote the entry.From Booklist:
The study of material culture (defined as “human made or altered environments and things”) is one of the newest academic fields, only being incorporated into American studies programs in the 1960s and 1970s. Although numerous books and articles on specific topics, eras, and objects have appeared in the last 30 years, ABC-CLIO’s Material Culture in America is the first encyclopedia in the field, and as the editors point out in their introduction, it is not meant to be comprehensive but to provide an introduction. The encyclopedia has 195 entries in an A–Z format written by academics at universities or museums. Entries range from 1 page to 5 or 6 pages in length and are signed by the author. There are see also references to other articles in the book and suggestions for further reading that include books and journal articles. Many of the articles are from journals that have not been indexed in the major journal databases. The book concludes with a 50-page bibliography of books and articles divided by topic and an index covering subjects, people, places, groups, and companies. Each of the entries is an overview that gives a brief history of its topic and stresses the object’s place in history as an idea or symbol. Children’s dress, for example, shows that dress mirrored society’s changing conceptions of childhood, so colonial children were dressed as little adults, while Victorian children were dressed to indicate their family’s status. Some entries cover physical objects, for example, Bathrooms, Highways, Mail order catalogues, Souvenirs, and Wallpaper. Others cover architectural styles or social concepts. Civic architecture shows how elements of classicism were seen as the way to express America’s democratic government and how this form of architecture dominated American building into the twentieth century. Material Culture in America is a good place for students in the field to start their research, and the suggestions for further reading and extensive bibliography suggest avenues for deeper exploration. Highly recommended for college libraries and large public libraries. This title is also available as an e-book. --Merle Jacob
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