Tag Archives: Mormon Literature

Storytelling & Community: Don’t Judge Them to Death

On my way home from teaching, I pass an empty lot in the middle of my town’s business district. The local funeral home rents the space and posts one of those Clever-Saying signs that usually adorn the parking lots of … Continue reading

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Agency and Storytelling

I just finished reading well over 100 entries to Irreantum’s fiction and creative nonfiction contests, narrowing them down to a set of semifinalists over which our contest committee can wrangle.  Reading all those stories and essays can be a bit … Continue reading

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Genealogy Stories as Mormon Literature

As a genealogist, I am particularly interested in the form of Mormon literature which might be called “genealogy miracle stories.” I just finished a collection of them that was compiled by Marilyn Brown and Lee Nelson and published by Cedar … Continue reading

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I Am Jane (with a little Levinas)

I wrote the play I Am Jane a decade ago, and we had our premiere performance in an LDS chapel for the Genesis Group meeting. We turned the sacrament table into a deathbed and the choir seats into a pioneer camp. … Continue reading

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Death Be Not Proud

I am in London, and will be until July. The week before I left, the editor of a documentary I helped make was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor. Two days after I arrived in London, I learned that a … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Linda Sillitoe

I first read Linda’s work in the 1970s, and found her style evocative and deceptively simple. She was a remarkable woman, and fearlessly tackled such difficult issues as sexual abuse (Secrets Keep) and the Mark Hoffman case (Salamandar). She was … Continue reading

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Mormon Studies through Mormon Literature, Drama, and Film

Today we are seeing Mormon Studies slowly emerge as a legitimate field of study in the academy. Endowed chairs have been established at Utah State and Claremont Universities with more on the horizon; courses on Mormonism and Mormon-themed scholarly conferences … Continue reading

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Storytelling & Community: There’s Always a Message

(A disclaimer before you begin: This little essay should not be construed as a response to Darlene’s essay, “Coward, or What is Not Art.” I’m not like most of the other bloggers here who can toss off a few hundred … Continue reading

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Prayer and Promptings in LDS Fiction

I’ve been thinking quite a lot about Rachel Ann Nunes’ post, just before this one, especially where she talks about how revising her latest book “essentially removed God from my novel.” And I’ve been wondering why the LDS fiction I’ve … Continue reading

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