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Wednesday, July 8, 2015 — 9:30 AM EDT

Candidate:  Denis Bekkering

Date: Wednesday July 8

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Location:  PAS 2438

Title: Drag Queens and Farting Preachers: American Televangelism, Participatory Media, and Unfaithful Fandoms

Supervisor:  Dr. Doug Cowan, Renison College University, UW

Committee:  Dr. Lorne Dawson, Sociology and Legal Studies, UW

Dr. Jeff Wilson, Religious Studies and East Asian Studies. Renison College University, UW

Internal/External Examiner:  Dr. Rick Helmes-Hayes, Sociology and Legal Studies, UW

External Examiner:         Dr. Eric Mazur, Virginia Wesleyan College

Abstract:

This dissertation offers cultural histories of unfaithful fan followings that have surrounded three controversial American televangelists – Robert Tilton, Tammy Faye Bakker/Messner, and Jim Bakker – from the mid-1980s to 2012, consisting of dedicated viewers bemused by, rather than religiously affiliated with, their chosen televangelists, and who poached these preachers to construct their own meanings, performances, and media. It is argued that through their ironic, parodic, and satirical play with such perceived religious fakes, these fans have performed religious work related to the ceaseless negotiation of authentic Christianity in America. Conceptualized in this dissertation as “Recreational Christianity,” it is demonstrated that such religious work/play has carried personal and public resonances, impacted televangelical brands, and provoked ministry responses including dismissal, accommodation, and counteraction.

Location 
PAS
2048

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