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Then Sings My Soul: The Culture of Southern Gospel Music

Douglas Harrison


This ambitious book on southern gospel music 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, the book 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. The book explores how listeners and consumers of southern gospel integrate its lyrics and music into their own religious experience, building ... More

Keywords: southern gospel music, modern culture, evangelical Christian, religious experience, American life, postmodern world

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780252036972
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036972.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Douglas Harrison, author
James Madison University