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People of paradox : a history of Mormon culture

Author: Terryl Givens
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English
[This book] 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.-Dust jacket.

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Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Terryl Givens
OCLC Number: 213496478
Notes: Originally published: Oxford, [UK] ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2007.
Awards: Winner of Mormon History Association Best Book Award, 2007.
Description: 1 audio disc : digital, mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Introduction --
Foundations and paradoxes in Mormon cultural origins: Iron rod and the Liahona, authority and radical freedom; Endless quest and perfect knowledge, searching and certainty; Everlasting burnings and cinder blocks, the sacred and the banal; Peculiar people and loneliness at the top, election and exile --
Varieties of Mormon cultural expression, beginnings (1830-1890), the dancing puritans: "Glory of God is intelligence", Mormons and the life of the mind; "Zion shall be built", architecture and city planning; "No music in Hell", music and dance; "On a cannibal island", theater; "Novels rather than nothing", literature; "Goodly portion of painters and artists", visual arts --
Varieties of Mormon cultural expression, a movable Zion (1890-Present), pioneer nostalgia and beyond the American religion: "Fomenting the pot", the life of the mind; "Uniform look for the church", architecture; "No Tabernacle Choir on Broadway", music and dance; "Cinema as sacrament", theater and film; "Fringes of faith", literature; "Painting the Mormon story", visual arts --
Conclusion: "Through the particular to the universal."
Responsibility: Terryl L. Givens.


In People of Paradox, Terryl Givens traces the development of Mormon culture from the days of Joseph Smith in upstate New York, to the global spread of the Latter-Day Saints. Here is a religion  Read more...


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In People of Paradox, Givens has accomplished a great deal in the analysis of Mormon culture * Quincy D. Newell, Politics and Religion *

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