University of Illinois Press Mormon Studies 2021 catalog

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MORMON STUDIES

2021


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MORMON STUDIES / RELIGION / BIOGRAPHY

EUGENE ENGLAND

A Mormon Liberal

KRISTINE L. HAGLUND Understanding the life and ideas of the controversial intellectual “Haglund’s brief, elegant study brings back the restless personality of the late Eugene England, one of Mormonism’s most energetic thinkers and intellectuals, wrestling with the tensions between independent thought and loyal belief. This book illuminates an entire era in Mormon ­intellectual history.” —CLAUDIA L. BUSHMAN, author of Contemporary Mormonism: Latter-day Saints in Modern America Eugene England championed an optimistic Mormon faith open to liberalizing ideas from American culture. At the same time, he remained devoted to a conservative Mormonism that he saw as a vehicle for progress even as it narrowed the range of acceptable belief.

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Kristine L. Haglund views England’s writing through the tensions produced by his often-­opposed intellectual and spiritual commitments. Though labeled a liberal, England had a traditional Latter-­day Saint background and always sought to address fundamental questions in Mormon terms. His intellectually adventurous essays sometimes put him at odds with Church authorities and fellow believers. But he also influenced a generation of thinkers and cofounded Dialogue, a Mormon academic and literary journal acclaimed for the broad range of its thought.

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A fascinating portrait of a Mormon intellectual and his times, Eugene England reveals a believing scholar who emerged from the lived experiences of his faith to engage with the changes roiling Mormonism in the twentieth century.

A volume in the series Introductions to Mormon Thought, edited by Matthew Bowman and Joseph M. Spencer

KRISTINE L. HAGLUND is a writer, editor, and independent scholar, and the former editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought.

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VARDIS FISHER

A Mormon Novelist

MICHAEL AUSTIN Untangling a writer’s complicated legacy “Vardis Fisher was a key founder of both American Western and Mormon literatures, a master storyteller with a remarkable life, ‘an unbeliever who was Mormon to his core.’ Michael Austin, Mormon literature’s leading scholar, reintroduces Fisher and lovingly reinterprets these remarkable novels for a new generation.” —ANDREW HALL, Association for Mormon Letters Raised by devout Mormon parents, Vardis Fisher drifted from the faith after college. Yet throughout his long career, his writing consistently reflected Mormon thought. Beginning in the early 1930s, the public turned to Fisher’s novels like Children of God to understand the increasingly visible Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-­day Saints. His striking works vaulted him into the same literary tier as William Faulkner while his commercial success opened the New York publishing world to many of the founding figures in the Mormon literary canon. Michael Austin looks at Fisher as the first prominent American author to write sympathetically about the Church and examines his work against the backdrop of Mormon intellectual history.

NOVEMBER 128 PAGES. 6 X 9 INCHES

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Engrossing and enlightening, Vardis Fisher illuminates the acclaimed author’s impact on Mormon culture, American letters, and the literary tradition of the American West.

E-BOOK, 978-0-252-05303-0 A volume in the series Introductions to Mormon Thought, edited by Matthew Bowman and Joseph M. Spencer

MICHAEL AUSTIN is the executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Evansville, where he was previously a professor of English. His many books include Rereading Job: Understanding the Ancient World’s Greatest Poem and We Must Not Be Enemies: Restoring America’s Civic Tradition.

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INTRODUCTIONS TO MORMON THOUGHT A new series from the University of Illinois Press, Introductions to Mormon Thought (IMT) offers short, highly focused books on important figures in the development of Latter-day Saint thought and culture. Leading scholars of Mormonism examine the contributions and influence of recognized thinkers, but also press at the boundaries of the accepted Mormon intellectual canon

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to include ex- and schismatic Mormons, Mormons in underrepresented groups, and others excluded from the magisterial tradition of Mormon theology. By expanding the definition of Mormon thought, the authors demonstrate how various forms of the faith have interacted with the world and themselves.

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RESTLESS PILGRIM

Andrew Jenson’s Quest for Latter-day Saint History

REID L. NEILSON and SCOTT D. MARIANNO A self-taught historian’s enormous impact “Restless Pilgrim features clear prose, meticulous research, and a high standard for accuracy and context. The authors narrate Jenson’s globetrotting quest for documents and his efforts to systematize the preservation of local records. This penchant for record-keeping has been an incalculable gift, not just to church members but to historians of American religion more generally.” —JOHN G. TURNER, author of The Mormon Jesus: A Biography and Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet Andrew Jenson undertook a lifelong quest to render the LDS historical record complete and comprehensive. As Assistant Church Historian of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-­day Saints, Jenson tirelessly carried out his office’s archival mission and advocated for fixed recordkeeping to become a duty for Latter-­day Saints. Reid L. Neilson and Scott D. Marianno offer a new in-­depth study of Jenson’s long life and career. Their account follows Jenson from his arrival as a Danish immigrant to 1860s Utah through trips around the world to secure documents from far-­ flung missions, and on to his public life as a newspaper columnist and interpreter of LDS history. Throughout, Jenson emerges as a figure dedicated to the belief that recorded history united past and present Latter-­day Saints in heaven and on earth—and for all eternity.

DECEMBER 352 PAGES. 6.125 X 9.25 INCHES 13 BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS

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Engaging and informed, Restless Pilgrim is a groundbreaking study of an important figure in Latter-­day Saint intellectual life during a transformative era. REID L. NEILSON has served as the Assistant Church Historian and Recorder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is an awardwinning author and editor of dozens of books on the Latter-day Saints, and coeditor of Pacific Apostle: The 1920–21 Diary of David O. McKay in the Latter-day Saint Island Missions. SCOTT D. MARIANNO is a historian in the Church History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and coeditor of A Voice in the Wilderness: The 1888–1930 General Conference Sermons of Mormon Historian Andrew Jenson.

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PROPHETIC AUTHORITY

Democratic Hierarchy and the Mormon Priesthood

MICHAEL HUBBARD MACKAY A prophet’s voice in early Mormonism “In Prophetic Authority, MacKay gives us the most ­thorough and painstaking description of the slow blossoming of the Mormon priesthood hierarchy available, embedding the story in the raucous context of antebellum American democracy. Valuable for anyone who wants to understand either of those worlds better.” —MATTHEW BOWMAN, author of Christian: The Politics of a Word in America The Mormon tradition’s emphasis on prophetic authority makes the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints unique within America’s religious culture. The religion that Joseph Smith created established a kingdom of God in a land distrustful of monarchy while positioning Smith as Christ’s voice on earth, with the power to form cities, establish economies, and arrange governments.

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Michael Hubbard MacKay traces the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ claim to religious authority and sets it within the context of its times. Delving into the evolution of the concept of prophetic authority, MacKay shows how the Church emerged as a hierarchical democracy with power diffused among leaders Smith chose. At the same time, Smith’s settled place atop the hierarchy granted him an authority that spared early Mormonism the internal conflict that doomed other religious movements. Though Smith faced challenges from other leaders, the nascent Church repeatedly turned to him to decide civic plans and define the order of both the cosmos and the priesthood.

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MICHAEL HUBBARD MACKAY is an associate professor at Brigham Young University and a former historian for the Joseph Smith Papers Project. He is the author of Sacred Space: Exploring the Birthplace of Mormonism and coauthor of Joseph Smith’s Seer Stones.

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PACIFIC APOSTLE

The 1920–21 Diary of David O. McKay in the Latter-­day Saint Island Missions

DAVID O. MCKAY Edited by Reid L. Neilson and Carson V. Teuscher The day-­by-­day account of an epic spiritual quest “A very important work. This travel journal tells the story of a great man’s baptism into other worlds of culture, language, nationhood, and appreciation for peoples outside of his purview. The more one knows about David O. McKay, the more one recognizes that this international experience changed the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-­day Saints.” —R. LANIER BRITSCH, author of Moramona: The Mormons in Hawai‘i In 1920, David O. McKay embarked on a journey that forever changed the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His visits to the Latter-day Saint missions, schools, and branches in the Pacific solidified the Church leadership’s commitment to global outreach. As importantly, the trip inspired McKay’s own initiatives when he later became Church president.

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McKay’s account of his odyssey brings to life the story of the Church of Jesus Christ’s transformation into a global faith. Throughout his diary, McKay expressed his humanity, curiosity, and fascination with cultures and places—the Maori hongi, East Asian customs, Australian wildlife, and more. At the same time, he and his travel companion, Hugh J. Cannon, detailed the Latter-day Saint missionary life of the era, closely observing logistical challenges and cultural differences, guiding various church efforts, and listening to followers’ impressions and concerns. Reid L. Neilson and Carson V. Teuscher’s meticulous notes provide historical, religious, and general context for the reader.

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Blending travelogue with history, Pacific Apostle illuminates the thought and work of an essential figure in the twentieth-century Church of Jesus Christ. DAVID O. MCKAY (1873–1970) was the ninth president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-­day Saints. REID L. NEILSON is the Assistant Church Historian and Recorder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-­day Saints. He is an award-­winning author and editor of dozens of books on the Latter-­ day Saints. CARSON V. TEUSCHER is a past Andrew Jenson Fellow in the Church History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-­day Saints.

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MORMONS, MUSICAL THEATER, AND BELONGING IN AMERICA JAKE JOHNSON Using others’ voices to bring one closer to God “Through careful historiography and close attention to sound, Johnson expertly maps the intersections of voice studies, Mormon doctrine, race and religion, and the worlds of American musical theater. Mormons, Musical Theater, and Belonging in America convinces us that theology, theatricality, nationality, and vocality are entwined in Mormonism and extend in fascinating ways into American popular culture.” —JEFFERS ENGELHARDT, author of Singing the Right Way: Orthodox Christians and Secular Enchantment in Estonia 222 PAGES. 6 X 9 INCHES 5 BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS, 12 MUSIC EXAMPLES

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints adopted the vocal and theatrical traditions of American musical theater as important theological tenets. As Church membership grew, leaders saw how the genre could help define the faith and wove musical theater into many aspects of Mormon life.

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Jake Johnson merges the study of belonging in America with scholarship on voice and popular music to explore the surprising yet profound link between two quintessentially American institutions. Throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Mormons gravitated toward musicals as a common platform for transmitting political and theological ideas. Johnson sees Mormons using musical theater as a medium for theology of voice—a religious practice that suggests how vicariously voicing another person can bring one closer to godliness. This sounding, Johnson suggests, created new opportunities for living. Voice and the musical theater tradition provided a site for Mormons to negotiate their way into middle-class respectability. At the same time, musical theater became a unique expressive tool of Mormon culture.

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JAKE JOHNSON is an assistant professor of musicology in the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University.

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THUNDER FROM THE RIGHT

Ezra Taft Benson in Mormonism and Politics

Edited by MATTHEW L. HARRIS The controversial life of a Mormon leader “Thunder From the Right is an outstanding book by an excellent group of scholars who have written a collection of essays that will amaze, fascinate, inform and probably trouble you.” —ASSOCIATION OF MORMON LETTERS Ezra Taft Benson’s ultra-conservative vision made him one of the most polarizing leaders in the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His willingness to mix religion with extreme right-wing politics troubled many. Yet his fierce defense of the traditional family, unabashed love of country, and deep knowledge of the faith endeared him to millions. 260 PAGES. 6 X 9 INCHES 7 BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS

In Thunder from the Right, a group of veteran Mormon scholars probes aspects of Benson’s extraordinary life. Topics include how Benson’s views influenced his actions as Secretary of Agriculture in the Eisenhower administration; his dedication to the conservative movement, from alliances with Barry Goldwater and the John Birch Society to his condemnation of the civil rights movement as a communist front; how his concept of the principle of free agency became central to Mormon ­theology; and the events and implications of Benson’s term as Church president.

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MATTHEW L. HARRIS is a professor of history at Colorado State UniversityPueblo. He is the author of The Founding Fathers and the Debate over Religion in Revolutionary America.

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RETURN TO THE CITY OF JOSEPH

Modern Mormonism’s Contest for the Soul of Nauvoo

SCOTT C. ESPLIN The Midwest’s Mormon Mecca and the question of “Whose Nauvoo?” “The book’s great strength is Esplin’s ability to consistently situate his research within the broader scholarship of tourism and heritage studies, cultural studies (especially work focused on memory and commemoration), and the American Midwest. By doing so, the author demonstrates that the history of the Mormon faith is indeed uniquely American in its orientation.” —ANNALS OF IOWA 216 PAGES. 6 X 9 INCHES 21 BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS

In the mid-twentieth century, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints returned to Nauvoo, Illinois, home to the thriving religious community led by Joseph Smith before his murder in 1844. The quiet farm town became a major Mormon heritage site visited annually by tens of thousands of people. Yet Nauvoo’s dramatic restoration proved fraught with conflicts.

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Scott C. Esplin’s social history looks at how Nauvoo’s different groups have sparred over heritage and historical memory. The Latter-day Saint project brought it into conflict with the Community of Christ, the midwestern branch of Mormonism that had kept a foothold in the town and a claim on its Smith-related sites. NonMormon locals, meanwhile, sought to maintain the historic place of ancestors who had settled in Nauvoo after the Latter-day Saints’ departure. Examining the recent and present-day struggles to define the town, Esplin probes the values of the local groups while placing Nauvoo at the center of Mormonism’s attempt to carve a role for itself within the greater narrative of American history.

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SCOTT C. ESPLIN is a professor of religious education at Brigham Young University and a coeditor of Far Away in the West: Reflections on the Mormon Pioneer Trail.

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