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From Sister Wives and Big Love to The Book of Mormon on Broadway, Mormons and Mormonism are pervasive throughout American popular media. In Latter-day Screens, Brenda R. Weber argues that mediated Mormonism contests and reconfigures collective notions of gender, sexuality, race, spirituality, capitalism, justice, and individualism. Focusing on Mormonism as both a meme and an analytic, Weber analyzes a wide range of contemporary media produced by those within and those outside of the mainstream and fundamentalist Mormon churches, from reality television to feature films, from blogs to YouTube videos, and from novels to memoirs by people who struggle to find agency and personhood in the shadow of the church's teachings. The broad archive of mediated Mormonism contains socially conservative values, often expressed through neoliberal strategies tied to egalitarianism, meritocracy, and self-actualization, but it also offers a passionate voice of contrast on behalf of plurality and inclusion. In this, mediated Mormonism and the conversations on social justice that it fosters create the pathway toward an inclusive, feminist-friendly, and queer-positive future for a broader culture that uses Mormonism as a gauge to calibrate its own values.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Past as Prologue. Latter-day Screens and History
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. Introduction. "Well, We Are a Curiosity, Ain't We?": Mediated Mormonism
  2. pp. 13-48
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  1. 1. Mormonism as Meme and Analytic: Spiritual Neoliberalism, Image Management, and Transmediated Salvation
  2. pp. 49-90
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  1. 2. The Mormon Glow: The Raced and Gendered Implications\r of Spectacular Visibility
  2. pp. 91-119
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  1. 3. The Epistemology of the (Televised, Polygamous) Closet: The Cultural Politics of Mediated Mormonism and the Promises of the American Dream
  2. pp. 120-161
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  1. 4. Polygamy USA: Visibility, Charismatic Evil, and Gender Progressivism
  2. pp. 162-200
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  1. 5. Gender Trouble in Happy Valley: Choice, Happy Affect, and Mormon Feminist Housewives
  2. pp. 201-240
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  1. 6. "Pray (and Obey) the Gay Away": Conscience and the Queer Politics of Desire
  2. pp. 241-275
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  1. Conclusion. Afterthoughts and Latter Days
  2. pp. 276-283
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  1. Epilogue. Mormons on My Mind, or, Everything I Ever Needed to Know about Hegemony I Learned in Mesa, Arizona
  2. pp. 284-308
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 309-328
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  1. References
  2. pp. 329-344
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  1. Media Archive
  2. pp. 345-360
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781478005292
Related ISBN
9781478004264
MARC Record
OCLC
1147368470
Pages
384
Launched on MUSE
2020-03-31
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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