Lecture: Susanna Morrill presents "I Can Control Myself: The 'Twilight' Saga as an American Mormon Tale of Perfectionism"
Part of the "Religion Matters" Series
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Smith Student Union, 329
The appeal of the Twilight saga rests in its story of forbidden love. But it is also a compelling treatise on the belief that people have free will and can change themselves for the better. Perfectionism is a long-standing tradition within American Protestant-dominated culture and in Mormonism, the religions of the saga’s author, Stephanie Meyer. This talk will explore the historical roots of this religious belief in American and Mormon culture and suggest that “Twilight” represents another step in the mainstreaming of Mormon culture.
Susanna Morrill is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Lewis and Clark College. She teaches courses in United States religious history. Morrill’s research focuses on women in United States religions. Her work in the recent past has focused specifically on how early Mormon women used popular literature in order to argue for the theological importance of their roles in the home, community, and church.
Portland Center for Public Humanities
Portland State University
Neuberger Hall 445