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The Defiance House Man colophon is a registered trademark of the University of Utah Press. It is based on a four-foot-tall Ancient Puebloan pictograph (late PIII) near Glen Canyon, Utah. 17 16 15 14 13 1 2 3 4 5 LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOGING-IN-PUBLICATION DATA Latter-day lore : Mormon folklore studies / edited and with introductions by Eric A. Eliason and Tom Mould. pages cm Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-1-60781-284-5 (pbk. : alk. paper) — ISBN 978-1-60781-285-2 1. Mormons— Folklore.
While variations among men and women in the church have been addressed in a number of studies, focused attention on gender and sexuality, particularly in non-dualistic terms, has not. Ethnicity and class provide additional lenses for the study of Mormon folklore traditions, highlighting variation in a religious community that has often been described in monolithic terms. Also, while many of the articles in this book examine vernacular traditions that stand apart from, if not specifically in opposition to, institutional religious practice, folklorists have yet to examine how institutional rules and regulations may foster as well as inhibit creativity within the church.
26 Austin and Alta Fife, Lester Hubbard, and Hector Lee also studied ballads in their coursework. Four of the five—Thomas Cheney, Austin and Alta Fife, and Lester Hubbard—extended their study into folk song. Their focus lay primarily on lyrics rather than music, coming as they did from backgrounds rooted in English departments. The first generation of scholars of Mormon folklore drew at least some of their initial interest in the field from these chance encounters with Child ballads. Mormon cultural traditions helped inspire the rest.
Latter-day Lore: Mormon Folklore Studies by Eric A. Eliason, Tom Mould