Then Sings My Soul

Then Sings My Soul

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In this ambitious book on southern gospel music, Douglas Harrison reexamines the music's historical emergence and its function as a modern cultural phenomenon. Rather than seeing the music as a single rhetoric focusing on the afterlife as compensation for worldly sacrifice, Harrison presents southern gospel as a network of interconnected messages that evangelical Christians use to make individual sense of both Protestant theological doctrines and their own lived experiences. Harrison explores how listeners and consumers of southern gospel integrate its lyrics and music into their own religious experience, building up individual--and potentially subversive--meanings beneath a surface of evangelical consensus._x000B__x000B_Reassessing the contributions of such figures as Aldine Kieffer, James D. Vaughan, and Bill and Gloria Gaither, Then Sings My Soul traces an alternative history of southern gospel in the twentieth century, one that emphasizes the music's interaction with broader shifts in American life beyond the narrow confines of southern gospel's borders. Harrison's discussion includes the qgay-gospel paradoxq--the experience of non-heterosexuals in gospel music--as emblematic of fundamentalism's conflict with the postmodern world.Live performance remains the basic ingredient of experience in southern gospel. Absent this context of performance and the surrounding culture that the music both shapes and is shaped by, lyrics have very little to tell us about the largeranbsp;...

Title:Then Sings My Soul
Author:Douglas Harrison
Publisher:University of Illinois Press - 2012-04-18


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