Cross posted at Juvenile Instructor
Once again, this is my attempt to recap the historiography of Mormonism from the past twelve months. This is the eighth such post, and previous installments are found here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. I do not list every single book and article from 2016, but I do highlight those I found most interesting and relevent. Therefore, a strong bias is obviously involved, so I hope you’ll add more in the comments.
I think it’s safe to say it was another solid year for the field.
- John Turner, The Mormon Jesus: A Biography (Harvard University Press).
- John Turner, “Jesus Christ, Marriage, and Mormon Christianities,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 49, no. 3 (Fall 2016): 1-20.
- Mary Campbell, Charles Ellis Johnson and the Erotic Mormon Image (University of Chicago Press).
- Tom Simpson, American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism (University of North Carolina Press).
If it seemed like it was only yesterday that Turner churned out a fantastic biography of Brigham Young, you’re basically right. He put together this new book remarkably fast, and yet retains high quality. That should be unfair. Matt Bowman reviewed the book for JI here. I’ve planned to do a review of the book for a while, and perhaps I still will at some point, but in the meantime just take my word for it when I say it’s an excellent volume. (The final three chapters of the book are worth the price of the entire volume; the Dialogue essay is Turner’s lecture from last summer’s Sunstone conference, and it features a number of the themes from the whole book.)