Mormonism and the Arts at the Berkeley Institute:
Fiction (lit)




Today’s readings are:

“Why Mormon culture is important to the future of Mormonism” by Wm Morris

“Name” by Heidi Naylor

“A Visit for Tregan” by Jack Harrell


Please feel free to have your own seminar in the comments to this post.


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Author: Theric Jepson

. Theric Jepson has been blogging since 2005, but he's been a gadfly-in-the-making for much, much longer. Most of his professional publications have been under his legal name, Eric W Jepson, but online he is better known by a variety of monikers beginning with the digraph th. Theric first published about Mormon literature in Brigham Young University's now defunct Collegiate Post, a student-run newspaper. That article is (happily) unavailable online as it reveals the tremendous ignorance of the author at that time. Theric has worked as a reporter and, briefly, the editor of the Tehachapi News. His columns from this time and other writings are available on his website. Although he considers himself primarily a fictionist, Theric writes in other forms as well. A partial list of his work follows. Blogs Thutopia The Weekly Svithe Fob Comics Short stories Afterlife The Oracle The Widower Nonfiction Living Literature Saturday's Werewolf

2 thoughts on “Mormonism and the Arts at the Berkeley Institute:
Fiction (lit)”

  1. Okay, now I’m really sad that I can’t be there. I would love to hear what people have to say about the need for Mormon culture.

    “Name” is quite the striking story. I can see why you picked it.

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    We started with our discussion on Wm’s proposed need for Mormon culture. Like all such discussions, we never arrived at any conclusions. But at least we posed old questions in new ways for a new audience. I think that’s always fruitful.

    “Name” was a popular story with the class, particularly with the women. When I read the story myself, I felt like I understood something about being a woman—and perhaps a Mormon woman in particular—that I hadn’t known before. And the women tonight told me that this story is universal and really only unusual in how old the protagonist is. The layers of scripture and philosophy and naming gave us plenty of meat for side dishes as well.

    “Tregan” was apparently a bit long and thus not many people read it. And those who did did not like it that much. Which surprised me. Last time I taught this class, Harrell’s “Calling and Election” was a big hit, and before class started tonight I was talking with Bob Rees about the story and he liked it as much as I do. Anyway. So it goes.

    Although not officially part of next week’s reading, the class is planning on seeing Ender’s Game before next week’s class. So I’ll be trying to get to a theater myself. See you then!

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