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:
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 🙂
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
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
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.
- Ben Park: Introduction
- Ben Park: Parley?s Writing as Restoration and Redemption
- Ryan Tobler: The Literary Impulse
- Matt Grow: Writing the Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt
- Adriane Rodrigues: Pratt?s Use of Literary Voice
- Bored in Vernal: Conjugal Relations of Parley P. Pratt as Portrayed in his Autobiography
- Joseph Spencer: Parley Pratt?s Poetry
- Steve Taysom: Pratt and the Enervating Power of Evil
- David Grua: Persecution, Memory, and Mormon Identity
- Matt Bowman: The Conversion of Parley P. Pratt; or, Patterns of Mormon Piety
- Jared T.amez: Racial Perceptions and Pratt?s 1851 Mission to Chili (Part 1; Part 2)
- David Knowlton: Pratt and the Problem of Separating Latin and Anglo America