Tag Archives: Mormon Literature

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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Mormon Literature, Flash Fiction, and the iPad Age

When I used to teach nights at a local career college, I would begin my Introduction to Literature class by having students read Ernest Hemingway’s “A Very Short Story.” At 633 words, the story was ideal for giving the students … Continue reading

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Bound on Earth and Other Gateway Drugs

Last month I had the opportunity to attend a luncheon that was being held in conjunction with a literary symposium. The luncheon was offered as a chance to get to meet a visiting author, so even though I did not … Continue reading

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How did I get here? An Introduction

If you had asked me about Mormon literature a decade ago, I probably would have said “what’s that?”. My mom had a few books of poetry by Carol Lynn Pearson and I sometimes enjoyed the fiction in the Ensign or … Continue reading

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Investigating Barber and Mormon Literature

Guest post by Ángel Chaparro Sáinz Moderator’s Note: This is part of AML’s ongoing effort to feature news of critical projects related to Mormon letters. If you’re working on something you want to let people know about, contact the AML … Continue reading

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Mysterious Doings: Clean Chills and Thrills with Stephanie Black

*Stephanie has won the Whitney Award for Mystery/Suspense two years running (2008-2009) and is a finalist in the same category for 2011. Her books are well crafted suspense and have been part of the expanding Mystery/Suspense genre in the LDS … Continue reading

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Long Live the Revolution!

On Monday, my wife asked a class of BYU students how many of them had heard a Mormon say “I hate Mormons” in a group of Mormons. Every single student raised his or her hand. Now, some of us have … Continue reading

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Mormon Literary Treatments of the War in Heaven

The LDS Church is unique in having a coherent scriptural account of the War in Heaven. Although the idea is found throughout Western religious thought, there is no coherent biblical narrative of the War. It is rooted in the biblical … Continue reading

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Mormon LitCrit: Public and Private Selves in Fiction

The latest issue of Irreantum features a fine essay by Doug Thayer entitled “About Serious Mormon Fiction.” One statement from Thayer moved me to think about the sources of fiction that might grow out of the Mormon experience. Thayer says … Continue reading

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Must-Reads of 2010

Since we’re all in the middle of our Christmas gift buying (if you’re already done I don’t want to hear it), I thought I’d post today about some of the best books by Mormon authors I’ve read this year and … Continue reading

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