ANOTHER ‘DAWNING OF A BRIGHTER DAY?’: MORMON LITERATURE IN THE 21ST CENTURY

ANOTHER ‘DAWNING OF A BRIGHTER DAY?’: MORMON LITERATURE IN THE 21ST CENTURY In his seminal essay, “The Dawning of a Brighter Day: Mormon Literature After 150 Years” (BYU Studies, 1982), Eugene England celebrated the “major blossoming of a mature Mormon literature” that was then taking place. Now, at the turn of the new century, several small Mormon presses, made possible by the advent of print-on-demand technology, have emerged catering specifically to the literary market. In this session, we will discuss whether the rise of this new technology will foster a renaissance of Mormon literary work and second blossoming of Mormon literature.

ERIC SAMUELSEN, CHRISTOPHER KIMBALL BIGELOW, and TOM KIMBALL