“Art, Religion & Material Culture” introduces students to the diverse array of religious traditions that have flourished in America over the past four centuries through a focused examination of things: the “stuff” of religious life embodied in art, commercial and “folk” objects, buildings,and landscapes. We will learn to read the “visual culture” of American religion like a text,discovering along the way that a collection of neopagan ritual objects arranged carefully on a bedroom dresser can communicate as much information about the beliefs and practices of its owner as an introspective diary or letter.
This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.
Douglas L. WiniarskiAuthor
University of RichmondInstitution
Private College or University Institution Type
Syllabus Resource Type
Undergraduate Course Class Type
2004 Date Published
Religious Studies, The Arts Discipline
Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Indigenous, New Religious Movements, Other Traditions, Protestant Religous Tradition
Health/Death, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion Topics