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The Religious History of American WomenReimagining the Past$
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Catherine A. Brekus

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780807831021

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807867990_brekus

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Women's Popular Literature as Theological Discourse A Mormon Case Study, 1880–1920

Women's Popular Literature as Theological Discourse A Mormon Case Study, 1880–1920

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The Religious History of American Women

Susanna Morrill

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explores how popular literature—particularly poetry that employs nature and flower imagery—allowed Latter-day Saints (LDS) women writers to argue for the theological importance of women as mothers and mediators of liminality within the patriarchal home, community, institutional church, and LDS salvational structures. It considers both American theology and Mormonism from the vantage point of women and how Mormon women in the 1800s crafted a popular theology that placed women at the center of the Mormon faith. The chapter also examines how Mormon women writers used nature and flower imagery to demonstrate the central mission of women, which was to follow the example of Jesus Christ, such as dedicating their lives to relieving suffering.

Keywords:   popular literature, poetry, imagery, Latter-day Saints, women writers, women, theology, Mormonism, Mormon women, Jesus Christ

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