American Angels: Useful Spirits in the Material World (CultureAmerica)

2.33 avg rating
( 3 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780700615377: American Angels: Useful Spirits in the Material World (CultureAmerica)

From figurines to bumper stickers, Broadway to prime-time TV, angels have taken over America. Our fascination with angels has become big business but, as Peter Gardella shows, this phenomenon has extended well beyond the commercial world to attract and inspire people from all walks of life for a diverse array of reasons.

Gardella's engaging study is the first to look objectively at the place of angels in American culture. He explores in particular the emergence of a domestic religion of "useful angels"—especially outside mainstream churches-that has created a uniquely American faith, one that addresses everything from the sexuality of angels to how angels and demons literally figure in the War on Terror.

Gardella explores the history of angels in America from Spanish colonialism and Puritan sermons to the modern angel craze that overtook the nation in the 1990s in the wake of Sophy Burnham's bestselling A Book of Angels. He argues that our collective fascination with angels seems especially linked to their perceived utility as helpmates and describes how they have been incorporated into everything from healing practices and child rearing to warding off evil and evoking love. But, Gardella argues, these angels are often perceived as servants of man rather than agents of God, and this very servitude has helped codify our sense of national uniqueness and righteousness.

Angel enthusiasm may be centered in America's heartland—home of the Hallmark empire and Precious Moments chapel—but it extends everywhere, including our music, popular literature, advertising, television shows, and Hollywood movies like It's a Wonderful Life, Michael, and City of Angels. And, as Gardella shows, whether New Age or evangelical, these angels are becoming more multicultural, more physical, and more intimately engaged with us all the time.

Beautifully and sympathetically written, but with a scholar's eye for pattern and detail, American Angels mixes theology, psychology, sociology of religion, gender theory, and even film criticism to create an unusually well-rounded survey of a uniquely American phenomenon. It shows us how the utility of angels speaks to the very core of religion and will enlighten skeptics and believers alike.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Back Cover:

"Gardella's brave and ambitious book offers a courageous interpretation of our times. . . . Illuminating and authoritative."--Sophy Burnham, author of A Book of Angels

"Sprightly writing, with an eye to pop culture. . . . Gardella presents a goldmine of evidence for the eclectic, pragmatic, and material nature of American religious history."--Colleen McDannell, coauthor of Heaven: A History

"A readable and engaging study that shows very clearly that angels pervade the American imagination and perform important cultural work."--David Morgan, author of The Sacred Gaze: Religious Visual Culture in Theory and Practice

About the Author:

Peter Gardella is professor of world religions at Manhattanville College and author of Innocent Ecstasy: How Christianity Gave America an Ethic of Sexual Pleasure and Domestic Religion: Work, Food, Sex and Other Commitments.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

PETER GARDELLA
Published by University Press of Kansas October 2007 (2007)
ISBN 10: 0700615377 ISBN 13: 9780700615377
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Eighth Day Books, LLC
(Wichita, KS, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University Press of Kansas October 2007, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 20090512156626

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 29.95
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Gardella, Peter.
Published by Kans, niversity Press of Kansas
ISBN 10: 0700615377 ISBN 13: 9780700615377
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Ad Infinitum Books
(Mount Vernon, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Kans, niversity Press of Kansas. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 320 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. New book. OCCULT. From figurines to bumper stickers, Broadway to prime-time TV, angels have taken over America. Our fascination with angels has become big business but, as Peter Gardella shows, this phenomenon has extended well beyond the commercial world to attract and inspire people from all walks of life for a diverse array of reasons. Gardella's engaging study is the first to look objectively at the place of angels in American culture. He explores in particular the emergence of a domestic religion of "useful angels"Ñespecially outside mainstream churchesÑthat has created a uniquely American faith, one that addresses everything from the sexuality of angels to how angels and demons literally figure in the War on Terror. Gardella explores the history of angels in America from Spanish colonialism and Puritan sermons to the modern angel craze that overtook the nation in the 1990s in the wake of Sophy Burnham's bestselling A Book of Angels. He argues that our collective fascination with angels seems especially linked to their perceived utility as helpmates and describes how they have been incorporated into everything from healing practices and child rearing to warding off evil and evoking love. But, Gardella argues, these angels are often perceived as servants of man rather than agents of God, and this very servitude has helped codify our sense of national uniqueness and righteousness. Angel enthusiasm may be centered in America's heartlandÑhome of the Hallmark empire and Precious Moments chapelÑbut it extends everywhere, including our music, popular literature, advertising, television shows, and Hollywood movies like It's a Wonderful Life, Michael, and City of Angels. And, as Gardella shows, whether New Age or evangelical, these angels are becoming more multicultural, more physical, and more intimately engaged with us all the time. Beautifully and sympathetically written, but with a scholar's eye for pattern and detail, American Angels mixes theology, psychology, sociology of religion, gender theory, and even film criticism to create an unusually well-rounded survey of a uniquely American phenomenon. It shows us how the utility of angels speaks to the very core of religion and will enlighten skeptics and believers alike. (Key Words: Occult, New Age, Religion, Angels, It's a Wonderful Life, Michael, City of Angels, Sophy Burnham, Hallmark, Precious Moments). book. Bookseller Inventory # 78561X1

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 29.95
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Peter Gardella
Published by University Press of Kansas, United States (2007)
ISBN 10: 0700615377 ISBN 13: 9780700615377
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University Press of Kansas, United States, 2007. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. From figurines to bumper stickers, Broadway to prime-time TV, angels have taken over America. Our fascination with angels has become big business but, as Peter Gardella shows, this phenomenon has extended well beyond the commercial world to attract and inspire people from all walks of life for a diverse array of reasons. Gardella s engaging study is the first to look objectively at the place of angels in American culture. He explores in particular the emergence of a domestic religion of useful angels - especially outside mainstream churches - that has created a uniquely American faith, one that addresses everything from the sexuality of angels to how angels and demons literally figure in the War on Terror. Gardella explores the history of angels in America from Spanish colonialism and Puritan sermons to the modern angel craze that overtook the nation in the 1990s in the wake of Sophy Burnham s bestselling A Book of Angels . He argues that our collective fascination with angles seems especially linked to their perceived utility as helpmates and describes how they have been incorporated into everything from healing practices and child rearing to warding off evil and evoking love. But, Gardella argues, these angels are often perceived as servants of man rather than agents of God, and this very servitude has helped codify our sense of national uniqueness and righteousness. Angel enthusiasm may be centered in America s heartland - home of the Hallmark empire and Precious Moments chapel - but it extends everywhere, including our music, popular literature, advertising, television shows, and Hollywood movies like It s a Wonderful Life , Michael , and City of Angels . And, as Gardella shows, whether New Age or evangelical, these angels are becoming more multicultural, more physical, and more intimately engaged with us all the time. Beautifully and sympathetically written, but with a scholar s eye for pattern and detail, American Angels mixes theology, psychology, sociology of religion, gender theory, and even film criticism to create an unusually well-rounded survey of a uniquely American phenomenon. It shows us how the utility of angels speaks to the very core of religion and will enlighten skeptics and believers alike. Bookseller Inventory # AAN9780700615377

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 43.13
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Peter Gardella
Published by University Press of Kansas, United States (2007)
ISBN 10: 0700615377 ISBN 13: 9780700615377
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University Press of Kansas, United States, 2007. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. From figurines to bumper stickers, Broadway to prime-time TV, angels have taken over America. Our fascination with angels has become big business but, as Peter Gardella shows, this phenomenon has extended well beyond the commercial world to attract and inspire people from all walks of life for a diverse array of reasons. Gardella s engaging study is the first to look objectively at the place of angels in American culture. He explores in particular the emergence of a domestic religion of useful angels - especially outside mainstream churches - that has created a uniquely American faith, one that addresses everything from the sexuality of angels to how angels and demons literally figure in the War on Terror. Gardella explores the history of angels in America from Spanish colonialism and Puritan sermons to the modern angel craze that overtook the nation in the 1990s in the wake of Sophy Burnham s bestselling A Book of Angels . He argues that our collective fascination with angles seems especially linked to their perceived utility as helpmates and describes how they have been incorporated into everything from healing practices and child rearing to warding off evil and evoking love. But, Gardella argues, these angels are often perceived as servants of man rather than agents of God, and this very servitude has helped codify our sense of national uniqueness and righteousness. Angel enthusiasm may be centered in America s heartland - home of the Hallmark empire and Precious Moments chapel - but it extends everywhere, including our music, popular literature, advertising, television shows, and Hollywood movies like It s a Wonderful Life , Michael , and City of Angels . And, as Gardella shows, whether New Age or evangelical, these angels are becoming more multicultural, more physical, and more intimately engaged with us all the time. Beautifully and sympathetically written, but with a scholar s eye for pattern and detail, American Angels mixes theology, psychology, sociology of religion, gender theory, and even film criticism to create an unusually well-rounded survey of a uniquely American phenomenon. It shows us how the utility of angels speaks to the very core of religion and will enlighten skeptics and believers alike. Bookseller Inventory # AAN9780700615377

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 43.46
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Gardella, Peter
Published by University Press of Kansas (2007)
ISBN 10: 0700615377 ISBN 13: 9780700615377
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University Press of Kansas, 2007. HRD. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK in 4 to 14 days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # CE-9780700615377

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 36.48
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 12.15
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Peter Gardella
Published by Univ Pr of Kansas (2007)
ISBN 10: 0700615377 ISBN 13: 9780700615377
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Univ Pr of Kansas, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0700615377

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 49.69
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Gardella, Peter
Published by Univ Pr of Kansas (2007)
ISBN 10: 0700615377 ISBN 13: 9780700615377
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Univ Pr of Kansas, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110700615377

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 48.42
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Peter Gardella
Published by University Press of Kansas
ISBN 10: 0700615377 ISBN 13: 9780700615377
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University Press of Kansas. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Bookseller Inventory # B9780700615377

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 41.52
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.37
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Gardella, Peter
Published by Univ Pr of Kansas 2007-10-18 (2007)
ISBN 10: 0700615377 ISBN 13: 9780700615377
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
M and N Media
(Acworth, GA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Univ Pr of Kansas 2007-10-18, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0700615377 We guarantee all of our items - customer service and satisfaction are our top priorities. Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. Bookseller Inventory # TM-0700615377

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 51.22
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Gardella, Peter
Published by Univ Pr of Kansas (2007)
ISBN 10: 0700615377 ISBN 13: 9780700615377
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Univ Pr of Kansas, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 285 pages. 9.25x6.50x1.25 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # __0700615377

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 54.34
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 8.10
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book