Saturday, August 27, 2011

What I'm Reading This Semester

I have had a few requests to post the books I will be reading this semester for my two doctoral seminars. Although we'll be reading additional articles as assigned by the professors, these are the primary books we'll be digging into. I'm pretty excited, as a theology geek should be.

The first seminar I'm taking is called American Studies for Theologians, led by Dr. Anthony Smith, author of The Look of Catholics, a study of portrayals of Catholics in popular culture from the Depression era to the Cold War. He's an important scholar in the field of American Studies, particularly as it pertains to religion in 20th Century America. This course is intended to equip theologians with an additional research skill in cultural studies. The following consists of our book list thus far. If you're interested, you can find all of them on Many of the older works (toward the top of the list) are classics in the field of American studies.

- Alan Trachtenburg, The Incorporation of America: Culture and Society in the Gilded Age.
- Warren Susman, Culture as History: The Transformation of American Society in the Twentieth Century.
- Michael Denning, The Cultural Front: The Laboring of Culture in the Twentieth Century.
- Matthew Frye Jacobson, Whiteness of a Different Color: European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race.
- Lizbeth Cohen, A Consumers' Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America.
- Melani McAlister, Epic Encounters: Culture, Media, and U.S. Interests in the Middle East since 1945.
- Bethany Moreton, To Serve God and Wal-Mart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise.
- Kathryn Lofton, Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon.
- Daniel Rodgers, Age of Fracture

The second seminar I'll be taking is called Feminist Theology and Ethics, led by Dr. Jana Bennett. She is the author of Water is Thicker Than Blood: An Augustinian Theology of Marriage and Singleness and she is an important up-and-coming Catholic feminist moral theologian. This course is intended to survey the broad field of feminist theologies to enable future research that takes into account questions of gender. As with the above list, some of these books are considered "classics" in the field. If you have questions about any of them, feel free to ask.

- Judith Butler, Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity
-Jean Bethke Ehlstain, Public Man, Private Woman: Women in Social and Political Thought.
- Beth Moreton, To Serve God and Wal-Mart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise.
- Michele Schumacher, Women in Christ: Toward a New Feminism.
- Mary Henold, Catholic and Feminist: The Surprising History of the American Catholic Feminist Movement.
- Kathryn Tanner, Christ the Key.
- Lisa Isherwood, The Power of Erotic Celibacy: Queering Heterosexuality
- Serene Jones, Feminist Theory and Christian Theology: Cartographies of Grace.
- Amy Laura Hall, Conceiving Parenthood: American Protestantism and the Spirit of Reproduction.
- Pope John Paul II, Mulieris Dignitatum.
- Lisa Sowell Cahill, Sex, Gender, and Christian Ethics.
- Margaret Farley, Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics.

1 comment:

Jade said...

Thanks for this, Emily! What a great idea. Let me know which feminist texts you find the most interesting (since there's no way I can read all of them).