Tag Archives: Literary Criticism

Literature and the Challenge of The Mormon People

Matthew Bowman’s The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith, published earlier this year by Random House, is possibly the best overview of Mormon history that I’ve read. Written for scholars and general readers alike, the book situates Mormonism … Continue reading

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Mormon LitCrit: Do We Need New Mormon Literary Theory?

“There is always a surprise in store for the anatomy or physiology of any criticism that might think it has mastered the game, surveyed all the threads at once, deluding itself, too, in wanting to look at the text without … Continue reading

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Book Reviews on the Internet: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Recently, a discussion cropped up in the comments section on a book review posted on another blog. The commenter noted that both the person reviewing the book, along with the other commenters, were generally heaping praise on the book while … Continue reading

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History as Fiction, Fiction as History

A few weeks ago, A Motley Vision provided a quote from an 1897 publication by Junius Wells in which he discusses the idea of books as ‘companions’ and urges his readers to reconsider the type of company they keep when … Continue reading

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Nickel Basins and the Mormon Experience

One of my majors as an undergraduate (yes, it was one that I actually completed and got a diploma in) was Spanish Translation. I thought it would be a great way to find a practical use for the second language … Continue reading

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In Tents # 3 That Same Organization

Title: Making Sense of the Doctrine & Covenants: A Guided Tour through Modern Revelations Author: Steven C. Harper Publisher: Deseret Book Genre: Scripture Studies Year Published: 2008 Number of Pages: 601 Binding: Hardbound in perfectbound signatures, not sewn, which I … Continue reading

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Mysterious Doings: Who Didn’t do it?

*Spoiler alert. This post reveals antagonists in a few classic mystery novels. The books are still worth reading even if you know who did it, though. Proceed at your own risk. Formula is a dirty word for some writers and … Continue reading

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The Writer’s Desk: Writing Epiphanies

Novelist Charles Baxter’s book Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction is a must-read for anyone interested in the art of fiction writing. One of the most evocative essays in the book is called “Against Epiphanies.” Though Baxter is critiquing … Continue reading

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Mormon LitCrit: It’s Time to Start Criticizing Each Other

by Scott Hales Moderator’s Note: Dawning of a Brighter Day welcomes guest blog posts such as this on topics related to Mormon literature and literary criticism. For more information, email Jonathan Langford, AML blog coordinator, at jonathan AT motleyvision DOT … Continue reading

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Mormon LitCrit: Postmodernism and the Mormon Writer

Do you know the Brief Insights series of books? It’s similar to the Very Short Introductions series, in which a broad topic is covered in one concise, well-written volume. The many titles are as far-ranging as Kafka, Music, Existentialism, Literary … Continue reading

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