It is sometimes hard to get a sense of how much is going on in Mormon literary studies. The problem is that there is a lot going on that isn’t happening in Utah or among those associated with the Association for Mormon Letters. I’m not suggesting that the AML and what is happening in Utah isn’t valuable, just that some subjects attract others.
Of course, that may be overstating that a little. What struck me as I compiled this list of studies of Mormon literature is the number of studies about Twilight. I must confess that I was a little surprised at the academic attention Twilight got, especially when Tyler put together a Twilight studies project. So, the preponderance of studies not from Mormon sources in the list below proved the wisdom of Tyler’s work. I suppose any popular work is going to get some attention, so quick, start the studies of Ally Condie’s works!!
The works below were culled from a variety of sources, everything from Amazon.com to UMI’s dissertation database. I’ve pulled out the references to Twilight and Angels in America, which were the most frequent subjects of academic studies that mentioned Mormonism.
So that it is clear, the results below represent searches for the terms “Mormon” and “Latter-day Saints.” It is possible that there are other studies that should be included below.
- Baym, Nina. Women Writers of the American West, 1833-1927. 1st ed. University of Illinois Press, 2011.
- Frost, Randi. “The Plan of Salvation:Mormon Doctrine Embodied Through Postmodern Contemporary Dance”. Arizona State Univerity, 2011.
- Newberry, Ruth. “Wallace Stegner’s ‘Wolf Willow’ and 1960s Critical Essays: Renarrativizing Western American Literature for the West and for America”. Ph.D., English, Duquesne University, 2011.
- Barney, Kevin L. “Saint Jana: Jana Riess’s ‘Flunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor’.” Irreantum 13, no. 2 (2011): 139–145.
- Bivona, Daniel. “Richard F. Burton, Polygamy, and the Worlding of the American West.” The Yearbook of English Studies 41, no. 2 (2011): 73–93.
- Craner, Laura Hilton. “Everything That Actually Matters Is Real‘: Anneke Major’s ’The Year of the Boar.” Irreantum 13, no. 2 (2011): 135–139.
- Fenton, Elizabeth. “The Secularization Narrative and Nineteenth‐Century American Literature.” In A Companion to American Literary Studies, edited by Caroline F. Levander and Robert S. Levine, 61–76. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2011.
- Goldberg, James. “Wrestling with God: Invoking Scriptural Mythos and Language in LDS Literary Works.” Irreantum 13, no. 1 (2011): 71–82.
- Hales, Scott. “Modern Mormon Family: Angela Hallstrom’s ‘Bound on Earth’.” Irreantum 13, no. 1 (2011): 119–122.
- Hansen, Helynne. “Mormonism 101 as LDS Literature Enters the Mainstream: Elna Baker’s The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance.” Irreantum 13, no. 1 (2011): 89–98.
- Hilton III, John; Wiley. “Free e-Books and Print Sales.” Journal of Electronic Publishing 14, no. 1 (Summer 2011).
- Langford, Jonathan. “Candidate for the Great Mormon Novel: Douglas Thayer’s ‘The Tree House’.” Irreantum 13, no. 1 (2011): 109–116.
- McIntyre, Stephen. “The Literary Concerns of My Church: Copyright and Control in Mormonism.” Sunstone, no. 165 (December 2011): 47–54.
- Needle, Jeffrey. “A Mix of Ancient Mystery and Ponderous Prophecy: A Cautionary Review — Phyllis Gunderson’s ‘The Jaguar Prophecies’.” Irreantum 13, no. 1 (2011): 116–119.
- Neumann, Iver B. “‘Religion in Sort of a Global Sense’: The Relevance of Religious Practices for Political Community in Battlestar Galactica and Beyond.” Journal of Contemporary Religion 26, no. 3 (2011): 387–401.
- Patterson, Dayna. “From Polygamy to Pioneers: Ambivalence in 20th-Century Mormon Literature.” Plaza: Dialogues in Language and Literature 1, no. 1 (December 4, 2011): 24–29.
- Soper, Kathryn Lynard. “On the Redemptive Alchemy of Memoir.” Irreantum 13, no. 1 (2011): 83–88.
- Talley, Kevin L. “The Architecture of a Poem: Lance Larson’s ‘Backyard Alchemy’.” Irreantum 13, no. 2 (2011): 145–152.
- Tanner, Lili. The Lazy Poet, 2011. Thomas, M. Wynn. “Review of Edward Whitley, American Bards: Walt Whitman and Other Unlikely Candidates for National Poet (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010, $49.95).” Journal of American Studies 45, no. 03 (2011).
Angels in America
- Hogan, Katie. “Green Angels in America: Aesthetics of Equity.” The Journal of American Culture 35, no. 1 (March 1, 2012): 4–14.
- Reilly, Patrick. “The Aesthetics of Destiny in Plague Literature from Early Modern to Postmodern Times”. Ph.D., Comparative Literature, City University of New York, 2011.
- Westgate, J. Chris. Urban Drama: The Metropolis in Contemporary North American Plays. Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
- Anatol, Giselle Liza, ed. Bringing Light to Twilight: Perspectives on a Pop Culture Phenomenon. 1st ed. Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
- Babu, Aiswarya S. “Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight: A Vampire Tale?” The IUP Journal of American Literature IV, no. 2 (May 2011): 37–45.
- Borgia, Danielle N. “Twilight: The Glamorization of Abuse, Codependency, and White Privilege.” The Journal of Popular Culture (n.d.).
- Crosby, Amy R. “Romanticized Images of Sexual Victimization in Young Adult Literature: The ‘Twilight’ Series”. M.L.A.S., Sociology, Western Illinois University, 2011.
- Fäller, Kathrin. “And It’s All There” – Intertextual Structures, Themes, and Characters in Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” Series. GRIN Verlag, 2011.
- Guillard, Julianne. “The ‘Twilight’ of Our Years: Text, Identity, and Reader Subjectivity”. Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2011.
- Heath, Elaine A. The Gospel According to Twilight: Women, Sex, and God. Westminster John Knox Press, 2011.
- Heit, Jamey. Vader, Voldemort and Other Villains: Essays on Evil in Popular Media. Edited by Jamey Heit. McFarland, 2011.
- Herrera, Silvia E. “The New Woman Persona in ‘Dracula’ and the ‘Twilight’ Series: An Elliptical Struggle of Social Order”. M.A., Department of English, The University of Texas – Pan American, 2011.
- Kisner, Adrienne L. “Reading Between the Lines: The Potential of Popular Young Adult Fiction in Adolescent Spiritual Formation”. Ph.D., Boston University School of Theology, 2011.
- Kokkola, Lydia. “Virtuous Vampires and Voluptuous Vamps: Romance Conventions Reconsidered in Stephenie Meyer’s ‘Twilight’ Series.” Children’s Literature in Education 42, no. 2 (June 1, 2011): 165–179.
- Lampert-Weissig, Lisa. “A Latter Day Eve: Reading Twilight Through Paradise Lost.” Journal of Religion and Popular Culture 23, no. 3 (November 1, 2011): 330–341.
- Landers, Jessica Marie. “The Modern Vampire Phenomenon Paradox: Simultaneous Contradictions and Unlimited Limits”. M.A., Graduate School – New Brunswick, Rutgers The State University of New Jersey – New Brunswick, 2011.
- Mercer, Joyce. “Vampires, Desire, Girls and God: Twilight and the Spiritualities of Adolescent Girls.” Pastoral Psychology 60, no. 2 (April 1, 2011): 263–278.
- Parke, Maggie. Theorizing Twilight: Critical Essays on What’s at Stake in a Post-Vampire World. Edited by Maggie Parke and Natalie Wilson. McFarland, 2011.
- Pearson, Jennifer. “Representations of Native American Characters in Stephenie Meyer’s ‘Twilight’ Saga”. M.A., English, East Carolina University, 2011.
- Petersen, Anne Helen. “That Teenage Feeling.” Feminist Media Studies 12, no. 1 (2012): 51–67.
- Smyth, Karen Elizabeth. “‘What’s a Nice Mormon Girl Like You Doing Writing About Vampires?’: Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints”. Master’s Thesis, College of William and Mary, 2011.
- Sutton, Travis, and Harry M. Benshoff. “‘Forever Family’ Values: Twilight and the Modern Mormon Vampire.” In Horror After 9/11: World of Fear, Cinema of Terror, edited by Aviva Briefel and Sam J. Miller. University of Texas Press, 2011.
- Wilson, Natalie. Seduced by Twilight: The Allure and Contradictory Messages of the Popular Saga. McFarland, 2011.