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In People of Paradox, Terryl Givens traces the rise and development of Mormon culture from the days of Joseph Smith in upstate New York, through Brigham Young's founding of the Territory of Deseret on the shores of Great Salt Lake, to the spread of the Latter-Day Saints around the globe.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press, USA|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)|
About the Author
Terryl L. Givens is Professor of Literature and Religion and Jabez A. Bostwick Chair of English, University of Richmond. His books on Mormonism and American religious culture include The Latter-Day Saint Experience in America, By the Hand of Mormon, and Viper on the Hearth.
Table of Contents
Part I Foundations and Paradoxes in Mormon Cultural Origins
1 The Iron Rod and the Liahona: Authority and Radical Freedom 3
2 The Endless Quest and Perfect Knowledge: Searching and Certainty 21
3 Everlasting Burnings and Cinder Blocks: The Sacred and the Banal 37
4 Peculiar People and Loneliness at the Top: Election and Exile 53
Part II The Varieties of Mormon Cultural Expression
Beginnings (1830-1890): The Dancing Puritans
5 "The Glory of God Is Intelligence": Mormons and the Life of the Mind 65
6 "Zion Shall Be Built": Architecture and City Planning 101
7 "No Music in Hell": Music and Dance 117
8 "On a Cannibal Island": Theater 143
9 "Novels Rather than Nothing": Literature 157
10 "A Goodly Portion of Painters and Artists": Visual Arts 179
Part III The Varieties of Mormon Cultural Expression
A Movable Zion (1890-Present): Pioneer Nostalgia and Beyond the American Religion
11 "Fomenting the Pot": The Life of the Mind 195
12 "A Uniform Look for the Church": Architecture 241
13 "No Tabernacle Choir on Broadway": Music and Dance 253
14 "Cinema as Sacrament": Theater and Film 265
15 "To the Fringes of Faith": Literature 285
16 "Painting the Mormon Story": Visual Arts 325
Conclusion: "Through the Particular to the Universal" 339