This April, Routledge Press will release “The Routledge Companion to Religion and Popular Culture” edited by John C. Lyden (Grand View University) and Eric Michael Mazur (Virginia Wesleyan College). The publisher’s description follows:
Religion and popular culture is a fast-growing field that spans a variety of disciplines. This volume offers the first real survey of the field to date and provides a guide for the work of future scholars. It explores:
- key issues of definition and of methodology
- religious encounters with popular culture across media, material culture and space, ranging from videogames and social networks to cooking and kitsch, architecture and national monuments
- representations of religious traditions in the media and popular culture, including important non-Western spheres such as Bollywood
This Companion will serve as an enjoyable and informative resource for students and a stimulus to future scholarly work.