The Viper on the Hearth; Mormons, Myths, and the Construction of Heresy

The Viper on the Hearth; Mormons, Myths, and the Construction of Heresy

by Terryl Givens
     
 

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Nineteenth-century American writers frequently cast the Mormon as a stock villain in such fictional genres as mysteries, westerns, and popular romances. The Mormons were depicted as a violent and perverse people--the "viper on the hearth"--who sought to violate the domestic sphere of the mainstream. While other critics have mined the socio-political sources of

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Nineteenth-century American writers frequently cast the Mormon as a stock villain in such fictional genres as mysteries, westerns, and popular romances. The Mormons were depicted as a violent and perverse people--the "viper on the hearth"--who sought to violate the domestic sphere of the mainstream. While other critics have mined the socio-political sources of anti-Mormonism, Givens is the first to reveal how popular fiction, in its attempt to deal with the sources and nature of this conflict, constructed an image of the Mormon as a religious and social "Other."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195356342
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/30/1997
Series:
Religion in America
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

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