Posts You Might Have Missed, 2009: Book, Article, and Journal Reviews

By January 20, 2010

2009 was also a fruitful year for evaluating scholarship at the JI.

Jordan W.’s review of Matt Grow’s book was later published in the International Journal of Mormon Studies: Book Review: Liberty to the Downtrodden

David G. helped us see Mormonism in wider contexts:

Mormonism in Howe’s What Hath God Wrought, Part 2 (Concluded)

Mormonism in The Western Historical Quarterly, Spring 2009

Ben’s excellent review of Matt Brown’s book on the First Vision: A Pillar of Light, The First Vision, and History for the Masses

As well as his review of: Terryl Givens, The Book of Mormon: A Very Short Introduction

In 2009 I began what will continue to be a regular feature at the JI, reviews of Mormon-themed periodicals. I’m just a bit behind on that right now, but I’ll catch up 🙂

The Utah Historical Quarterly, Summer 2009 (77:3)

The Journal of Mormon History, Spring 2009 (35:2), Part 1

The Journal of Mormon History, Spring 2009 (35:2), Part 2

BYU Studies 48:1 (2009)

The Journal of Mormon History 35:3 (Summer 2009), Part 1

The Journal of Mormon History 35:3 (Summer 2009), Part 2

Mormon Historical Studies 10:1 (Spring 2009), Part 1

Mormon Historical Studies 10:1 (Spring 2009), Part 2

BYU Studies 48:2 (2009)

Utah Historical Quarterly 77:4 (Fall 2009)

I gave a favorable review to a somewhat obscure local history: Book Review:When the Saints Came Marching In: A History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Denton, Texas 1958-2008 which is being edited for publication this year in the Journal of Mormon History.

Matt B.’s great review of Lance Allred’s autobio: Book Review: Lance Allred’s Longshot: the adventures of a deaf fundamentalist Mormon kid and his journey to the NBA (HarperCollins, 2009): A pilgrim’s progress

Also his review of Reid L. Neilson and Terryl Givens, eds., Joseph Smith, Jr., Reappraisals after two centuries. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009) which was previously published in Mormon Historical Studies.

Matt B. and Christopher’s insightful review of an old classic:Revisiting: Mormonism in Transition: a history of the Latter-day Saints, 1890-1930

Book Notice: The Newly Discovered William McLellin Manuscript

Christopher reviewed a work of Robert Orsi and included applications for Mormon History: Book Review: The Madonna of 115th Street: Faith and Community in Italian Harlem, 1880-1950

Ben’s review of: Daniel Walker Howe, Making the American Self: Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln

A guest review of Jared Farmer’s award winning book: Book Review: Jared Farmer’s On Zion’s Mount: Mormons, Indians, and the American Landscape

And finally, it was mentioned under historical posts, cuz its scope totally made me forget that this was a monumental review of a classic in Mormon literature:

Ben organized a fantastic series on the Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt featuring many contributors (see Series Wrap-up) and which is, collectively, under consideration for publication.

  1. Ben Park: Introduction
  2. Ben Park: Parley’s Writing as Restoration and Redemption
  3. Ryan Tobler: The Literary Impulse
  4. Matt Grow: Writing the Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt
  5. Adriane Rodrigues: Pratt’s Use of Literary Voice
  6. Bored in Vernal: Conjugal Relations of Parley P. Pratt as Portrayed in his Autobiography
  7. Joseph Spencer: Parley Pratt’s Poetry
  8. Steve Taysom: Pratt and the Enervating Power of Evil
  9. David Grua: Persecution, Memory, and Mormon Identity
  10. Matt Bowman: The Conversion of Parley P. Pratt; or, Patterns of Mormon Piety
  11. Jared T.amez: Racial Perceptions and Pratt’s 1851 Mission to Chili (Part 1; Part 2)
  12. David Knowlton: Pratt and the Problem of Separating Latin and Anglo America


See also:

Posts You Might Have Missed, 2009: Historical Posts, Part 1

Posts You Might Have Missed, 2009: Mormon Conference and Event Reports

Posts You Might Have Missed, 2009: Current Events Posts

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  1. Great job on all this great content. Thanks for putting up these summaries!

    Comment by J. W. — January 20, 2010 @ 2:44 pm


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