My college coursework was in literary studies; I work in the field of public relations. This blog reflects both backgrounds. Thus, my interest in Mormon literature ranges from the content of the texts themselves to how they are created, edited, marketed, distributed, read, reviewed and, finally, canonized, taught, referenced or forgotten.
The subhead mentions film, theater, music and pop/folk culture. What I intended for that to indicate is that I’m interested in all forms of Mormon narrative art. What makes a work “Mormon” is a huge question that I’m not prepared to answer, but hope to explore in some form with this blog.What makes a work a “narrative” is another great question, but I don’t think I’m going to even touch that one.
I’m also interested in Mormon pop and folk culture so there may also be some forays into semiotics and material culture.
For all this I owe a huge debt to the AML-list, the e-mail discussion list of the Association of Mormon Letters. I spent six years on the list — four of those as an active poster. It allowed me to become familiar with the field and betray my obsessions with topics that will pop up here regularly. And for that — a special shout out goes to Ben Parkinson, Jonathan Langford and (currently) Jacob Proffitt for the thankless, time-consuming work of moderating the list.