Peculiar Portrayals: Mormons on the Page, Stage, and Screen

By Mark T. Decker; Michael Austin | Go to book overview

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Karen D. Austin has spent thirty years studying rhetoric, twenty years teaching composition and literature, eleven years raising kids with her husband, Michael, and almost ten years watching entirely too much reality television. Currently she lives in Wichita, Kansas, where she provides academic support services for students attending Newman University.

Michael Austin is provost and vice president for academic affairs at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas. He has published books and articles on a variety of topics in twentieth-century American and eighteenth-century British literature. He is the editor of A Voice in the Wilderness: Conversations with Terry Tempest Williams, also published by Utah State University Press, and, most recently, the author of Useful Fictions: Evolution Anxiety, and the Origins of Literature, which will be published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2010. He lives in Wichita with his wife and two children.

Mark T. Decker is assistant professor of English at Bloomsburg University. He has published essays on William Faulkner, Thomas Pynchon, Richard Wright, and Charles Brockden Brown. He is also interested in the connection between social thought and speculative fiction. His most recent essay on this topic appears in New Boundaries in Political Science Fiction (University of South Carolina Press, 2008).

John-Charles Duffy is a William N. Reynolds fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is completing a doctoral degree in religious studies. In addition, he holds degrees in English from Brigham Young University and the University of Utah. A former officer in the Association for Mormon Letters, he has published essays on Mormon cultural production, intellectual history, and the politics of diversity in Irreantum, Sunstone, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, the Journal of Mormon History, the Journal of Ritual Studies, Homosexuality and Religion, and Hispanic American Religious Cultures.

Cristine Hutchison-Jones is a PhD candidate in Boston University’s Division of Religious and Theological Studies. Her area of interest is

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