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Author Bush, Laura L., 1963-

Title Faithful transgressions in the American West : six twentieth-century Mormon women's autobiographical acts / Laura L. Bush.

Published Logan : Utah State University Press, 2004.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (xviii, 244 pages)
Series Book collections on Project MUSE.
Books at JSTOR Open Access
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 228-236) and index.
Contents Narrating optimism, faith, and divine intervention : Mary Ann Hafen, recollections of a handcart pioneer of 1860 : a woman's life on the Mormon frontier -- Defending and condemning a polygamous life : Annie Clark Tanner, a Mormon mother -- Truth telling about a temporal and a spiritual life : Juanita Brooks, quicksand and cactus : a memoir of the southern Mormon frontier -- Remedying race and religious prejudice : Wynetta Willis Martin, Black Mormon tells her story -- A home windswept with paradox : Terry Tempest Williams, refuge : an unnatural history of family and place -- Training to be a good Mormon girl while longing for fame : Phyllis Barber, how I got cultured : a Nevada memoir.
Summary 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.
Other author JSTOR issuing body.
Subject American prose literature -- Mormon authors -- History and criticism.
American prose literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
American prose literature -- West (U.S.) -- History and criticism.
Women authors, American -- Biography -- History and criticism.
Women authors, American -- Homes and haunts -- West (U.S.)
Women pioneers -- Biography -- History and criticism.
Mormon women -- Biography -- History and criticism.
Women -- West (U.S.) -- Intellectual life.
Women and literature -- West (U.S.)
Autobiography -- Mormon authors.
Autobiography -- Women authors.
West (U.S.) -- Biography -- History and criticism.
Electronic book.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
ISBN 9780874214956 (electronic bk.)
0874214955 (electronic bk.)
087421551X (pbk. ; alk. paper)
9780874215519 (pbk. ; alk. paper)