Still, the Small Voice
Narrative, Personal Revelation, and the Mormon Folk Tradition
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: Utah State University Press
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Mormonism sprang forth in upstate New York into a world of religious upheaval and rebirth. It was the period of the Second Great Awakening, when men and women voiced dissatisfaction with the impersonal churches that kept God at bay, sequestered behind rigid hierarchies of the...
Chapter 1: The Broad Strokes of Tradition
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From one perspective, the idea of a single Mormon folk tradition is absurd. As in any culture or community, there are hundreds of folk traditions. These traditions can be explored according to patterns in form, function, or group. A single umbrella for both the tradition of ballads sung...
Chapter 2: Sharing the Sacred
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“Performance” is an ambiguous term. like “folklore” and “myth,” it has a connotative meaning in vernacular usage that runs counter to its academic definition. In the united States, “performance” often evokes images of formal, prearranged theatrical displays laden with...
Chapter 3: Transforming Life into Story
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Genres are powerful. Whether as a system of classification or an emergent form of discourse, genres provide the means for creating and interpreting performance.1 The shared structures, themes, styles, and contexts link past performances with present ones, setting up a series of...
Chapter 4: The Building Blocks of a Narrative Tradition
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Pattern in performance begins with pattern in experience. The similarities in stories of people who have shared experiences such as natural disasters, biological processes, and holiday airline travel all begin with similar circumstances. The same is true of personal revelation. ...
Chapter 5: Echoes of Culture
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The issue of truth is central to how personal revelation narratives are evaluated, interpreted, and performed. In the spirit of emic analysis, this book has approached personal experience narratives according to the values of the people who share them. Whether or not a story is true,...
Chapter 6: A Record-Keeping People
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Folklore has often defined itself in opposition to elite and popular traditions. For narrative, text-based genres of folklore, this has meant the elimination of written traditions. A legend told by an old woman by the fire is folklore; a legend published for mass consumption is not. ...
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Index [Includes Back Cover]
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Page Count: 416
Publication Year: 2011
Edition: 1st Edition