Discussion Questions for Paradox, Tragedy, and Mormonism

Discussion questions for William Morris’s newsletter on Marden J. Clark’s essay “Paradox and Tragedy in Mormonism”

Here are the discussion questions for the eleventh email in the AMV Deep Dive of Marden J. Clark’s essay collection Liberating Form.

If you haven’t signed up for the email, you can read it (and sign up to receive future ones) here: Paradox and Tragedy in Mormonism.

Please note that comments are moderated, and the goal is to make this a place welcome to Mormons of all stripes (as well as folks with an interest in Mormonism).

  1. Are you familiar with this canard that Mormons can’t write tragedy? Where/from whom did you first hear it? What other canards/truisms about Mormon literature are out there that bother you?
  2. Do you agree with Clark that tragedy comes out of paradox? Why or why not? What paradoxes has he missed in his essay?
  3. What sorts of tragic and/or comic situations do you want to see more of in Mormon literature?

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