Toward a New Mormon Cultural Studies, or, Ten Books I wish Someone (else) Would Write In recent years, some founders of the ‘New Mormon History” of the 1960s and 1970s have pronounced their project–which applied professional tools of economic and social history to the study of Mormonism–dead. What will (or should) the next wave of Mormon studies bring? Are key stories untold? Angles unexplored? Segments of the culture ignored? What would the field look like if newer models of cultural history were applied to Mormon subjects? Have issues like race, class, and gender received their due from Mormon scholars? Are there little known, scintillating episodes waiting to be uncovered, the sort of material cultural historians find ripe for ethnographic or microhistorical approaches? Has Mormon history been adequately aware of its own place within larger American and global cultural movements? What might recent developments in literary and cultural theory contribute? What books would you write? (Secret and Sacred in the Nineteenth-Century Mormonism? The Construction of Gender in the Polygamist Household? Fear and Loathing in the Kingdom: Mormon Campaigns against Feminism and Gay Rights?) Jot down your wish- list titles, and come along for the ride as we gallop into twenty-first century Mormon studies.
Bryan Waterman, Stacy Burton, Gary James Bergera, Mark Brewer