In this Book

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The central issue Bush finds in these works is how their authors have dealt with the authority of Mormon Church leaders. As she puts it in her preface, "I use the phrase 'faithful transgression' to describe moments in the texts when each writer, explicitly or implicitly, commits herself in writing to trust her own ideas and authority over official religious authority while also conceiving of and depicting herself to be a 'faithful' member of the Church." Bush recognizes her book as her own act of faithful transgression. Writing it involved wrestling, she states, "with my own deeply ingrained religious beliefs and my equally compelling education in feminist theories that mean to liberate and empower women."

Faithful Transgressions examines a remarkable group of authors and their highly readable and entertaining books. In producing the first significant book-length study of Mormon women's autobiographical writing, Bush rides a wave of memoir publishing and academic interest in autobiography and other life narratives. As she elucidates these works in relation to the religious tradition that played a major role in shaping them, she not only positions them in relation to feminist theory and current work on women's life writings but ties them to the long literary tradition of spiritual autobiography.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface: Gender Trouble and My Hybrid Life
  2. pp. xi-xviii
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  1. Introduction: Autobiographical Constructions of the Mormon Self(s)
  2. pp. 1-29
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  1. Chapter 1: Narrating Optimism, Faith, and Divine Intervention
  2. pp. 30-54
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  1. Chapter 2: Defending and Condemning a Polygamous Life
  2. pp. 55-78
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  1. Chapter 3: Truth Telling about a Temporal and a Spiritual Life
  2. pp. 79-108
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  1. Chapter 4: Remedying Race and Religious Prejudice
  2. pp. 109-144
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  1. Chapter 5: A Home Windswept with Paradox
  2. pp. 145-170
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  1. Chapter 6: Training to Be a Good Mormon Girl While Longing for Fame
  2. pp. 171-193
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 194-199
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  1. Appendix A: The Articles of Faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  2. pp. 200-201
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  1. Appendix B: Official Declaration 1
  2. pp. 202-203
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  1. Appendix C: Official Declaration 2
  2. pp. 204-205
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  1. Appendix D: The Family: A Proclamation to the World
  2. pp. 206-207
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 208-227
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 228-236
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 237-244
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780874214956
Related ISBN
9780874215519
MARC Record
OCLC
437176716
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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