Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Joseph Smith, Jr.Reappraisals After Two Centuries$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Reid L. Neilson and Terryl L. Givens

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195369786

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369786.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 25 May 2018

“I Love All Men Who Dive”: Herman Melville and Joseph Smith

“I Love All Men Who Dive”: Herman Melville and Joseph Smith

Chapter:
(p.47) 4 “I Love All Men Who Dive”: Herman Melville and Joseph Smith
Source:
Joseph Smith, Jr.
Author(s):

Richard Dilworth Rust

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369786.003.004

This chapter illuminates Smith's religious-making imagination by juxtaposing him with America's greatest myth-making novelist of the 19th century, Herman Melville. Melville revealed a recurrent interest in things Mormon, and the most telling preoccupation that unites them, the chapter finds, is not so much the heights they achieved as successful creators of epic systems, as the depths they plumb as thought-divers, exploring the darkest abysses of human experience and of the tragic universe.

Keywords:   Mormonism, religious imagination, theodicy, American scripture

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .