The Viper on the Hearth: Mormons, Myths, and the Construction of Heresy / Edition 1

The Viper on the Hearth: Mormons, Myths, and the Construction of Heresy / Edition 1

by Terryl Givens, Terryl L. Givens, Terryl L Givens
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195101839

ISBN-13: 9780195101836

Pub. Date: 01/28/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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

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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:
9780195101836
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Series:
Religion in America Series
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.74(d)
Lexile:
1560L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction3
1"Out of the Sphere of Religion": The Sacred, the Profane, and the Mormons13
2"This Upstart Sect": The Mormon Problem in American History25
3"Manners, Habits, Customs, and Even Dialect": Sources of the Mormon Conflict40
4"An Age of Humbugs": The Contemporary Scene60
5"This Great Modern Abomination": Orthodoxy and Heresy in American Religion76
6"Ground in the Presbyterian Smut Machine": The Popular Press, Fiction, and Moral Crusading97
7"They Ain't Whites . . . They're Mormons": Fictive Responses to the Anxiety of Seduction121
8"Murder and Mystery - Mormon Style": The Mormon Image in the Twentieth Century153
Notes168
Index197

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