In this Book

Peculiar Portrayals
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In a time when Mormons appear to have larger roles in everything from political conflict to television shows and when Mormon-related topics seem to show up more frequently in the news, eight scholars take a close look at Mormonism in popular media: film, television, theater, and books.

Some contributors examine specific works, including the Tony-winning play Angels in America, the hit TV series Big Love, and the bestselling books Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith and The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint. Others consider the phenomena of Mormon cinema and Mormon fiction; the use of the Mormon missionary as a stock character in films; and the noticeably prominent presence of Mormons in reality television shows.

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. 1. Center and Periphery: Mormons and American Culture in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America
  2. pp. 5-36
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  1. 2. Four Consenting Adults in the Privacy of Their Own Suburb: Big Love and the Cultural Significance of Mormon Polygamy
  2. pp. 37-61
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  1. 3. Teaching Under the Banner of Heaven: Testing the Limits of Tolerance in America
  2. pp. 62-86
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  1. 4. Avenging Angels: The Nephi Archetype and Blood Atonement in Neil LaBute, Brian Evenson, and Levi Peterson, and the Making of the Mormon American Writer
  2. pp. 87-112
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  1. 5. Elders on the Big Screen: Film and the Globalized Circulation of Mormon Missionary Images
  2. pp. 113-143
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  1. 6. “I Constructed in My Mind a Vast, Panoramic Picture”: The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint and Postmodern, Postdenominational Mormonism
  2. pp. 144-162
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  1. 7. Jane Austen in Mollywood: Mainstreaming Mormonism in Andrew Black’s Pride & Prejudice
  2. pp. 163-182
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  1. 8. Reality Corrupts; Reality Television Corrupts Absolutely
  2. pp. 183-196
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 197-198
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 199-203
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