Rise of Mormon Cultural History and the Changing Status of the Archive
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This thesis analyzes the historiographical methodologies of four historians of Mormonism associated with three distinct historiographical movements: Fawn McKay Brodie, Leonard J. Arrington, Jan Shipps, and Richard Bushman. The first major work of each of these historians of Mormonism is mined analytically and then subjected to a theoretical reflection in order to establish the historian's relationship to the archive. In the concluding chapter, the various archivologies unearthed are compared and analyzed through an engagement of four contemporary French philosophers who have written on the archive: Jacques Derrida, Paul Ricoeur, Alain Badiou, and Jacques Rancière. A theory of the "immanent archive" is set forth. Conclusions are drawn, primarily at the theoretical level, about the complex relationship between archival policy and historiographical method.