C19, J19 and the Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists

The University of Pennsylvania Press is a place where you can lose your soul. They publish journals like the Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, the Journal of the Early Republic, Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft, The Jewish Quarterly Review, Early American Studies, The Eighteenth Century, Hispanic Review, and . . .  J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists.
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Joseph Smith Papers Website Redesign

Check out the new format. Changes coming: better search functions and a coming quarterly release of documents. Remember, the printed volumes are scheduled to appear online two years after the volumes appear as hard copy. For a description, see here.

Print Culture and Orality in Early Mormonism

Working through the Funeral Sermon book, trying to put together a real draft, I’m attempting once again to write an introduction (presently designated as Preface). I’ve written large chunks that have been (and no doubt others that will eventually be) discarded. This post is stuff on the chopping block, but it has some important features that deserve some discussion I think. So I am dumping it on you all. No doubt it is terribly boring stuff, but that’s the nature of the beast. What follows was just an initial draft, so I don’t claim a serious stake in it.

[Cross posted at By Common Consent.]
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Church History Library: Foundations of Faith Exhibit

If you live within a reasonable distance of the Church History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, take some time to visit the “Treasures from the Collection” exhibit there. If not, you can get a feel for the documents and objects here.

Visit RT’s draft of some fine criticism of 1 Sam. 1:1-4a.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/faithpromotingrumor/2014/12/a-prolegomena-to-a-reconstruction-of-the-literary-history-of-1-sam-11-41a-the-main-problems-and-issues/

RT on 1 Samuel 1:1-4a.

Christine Talbot: A Foreign Kingdom

Just getting around to this volume:

Christine Talbot, A Foreign Kingdom: Mormons and Polygamy in American Political Culture (Urbana, Chicago, Springfield: University of Illinois Press, 2013).

My only excuse is the business of this semester. I’ll be putting up a closer look later, maybe even a full-fledged review, who knows. For now, I recommend the book. It deploys theory in interesting ways to situate the public discussions of Utah Mormonism. More later.

Joseph Smith Papers Newsletter: Number 1.

To have a look at the first newsletter for the JSPP, click through.

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