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People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture
 
 
Author
Terryl L. Givens.
Publisher Oxford  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
ISBN 9780199915989
Pages/Publication Date 414/2007
Daedalus Item Code 36338
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Tracing the rise and development of Mormon culture from the days of Joseph Smith in upstate New York through Brigham Young on the shores of Great Salt Lake and the spread of Mormonism around the globe, Terryl Givens charts distinctive traditions that have emerged among the Latter-Day Saints, shaped by dynamic, often paradoxical tensions. Here is a religion shaped by a rigid authoritarian hierarchy and radical individualism, by prophetic certainty and a celebration of learning and intellectual investigation, and Givens explains how these tensions have given Mormon cultural expression much of its vitality.

"In the first section, Givens fluently translates the often-insular views of the LDS faith into the language of Western philosophy and puts Joseph Smith's teachings into historical perspective alongside Hegel, Marx, Faust and others. The remainder of the book is divided into two time periods: the formative years of a beleaguered and isolated religion from 1830-1890, and the period since 1890 characterized by normalization and global growth. For each, Givens explores Mormonism's wide-ranging cultural contributions in architecture, city planning, music, dance, theatre, film, literature, rational inquiry, and the visual arts. Sprinkled with photos and illustrations, with topics ranging from the 'art missionaries' of Utah who studied in Paris at the turn of the century, to the Mormon dominance in science fiction, this scholarly tome actually lives up to its ambitious subtitle. He convincingly concludes that Joseph Smith has provided Mormonism 'with sufficient paradoxes to generate vigorous artistic and intellectual expression for another 200 years'."Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
 
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