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Americanist Approaches to The Book of Mormon

Elizabeth Fenton and Jared Hickman


As the sacred text of a modern religious movement of global reach, The Book of Mormon has undeniable historical significance. That significance, this volume shows, is inextricable from the intricacy of its literary form and the audacity of its historical vision. This landmark collection brings together a diverse range of scholars in American literary studies and related fields to definitively establish The Book of Mormon as an indispensable object of Americanist inquiry not least because it is, among other things, a form of Americanist inquiry in its own right—a creative, critical reading of “ ... More

Keywords: The Book of Mormon, history, literature, indigeneity, Mormonism, scripture, secularism, gender, race, genre

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190221928
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190221928.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Fenton, editor
Associate Professor of English, University of Vermont

Jared Hickman, editor
Associate Professor of English, Johns Hopkins University

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Front Matter


Elizabeth Fenton and Jared Hickman

Part I Plates and Print

2 The Ghost and the Machine

R. John Williams

Part II Scripture and Secularity

Part III Indigeneity and Imperialism

11 Nephites and Israelites

Elizabeth Fenton

12 “Great Cause to Mourn”

Kimberly M. Berkey and Joseph M. Spencer

Part IV Genre and Generation

16 “I Lead the Way, Like Columbus”

Zachary McLeod Hutchins

17 Book of Mormon Poetry

Edward Whitley*

End Matter