Friday, June 29, 2007

Catholic College Studying Brother Brigham

Through my Zarahemla Books hobby-business, I published D. Michael Martindale's creepy supernatural Mormon novel Brother Brigham, which deals with polygamy and evil spirits and other fun stuff.

To my surprise, a professor at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, has picked up the novel for use in his Modern Religious Movements class.

Here's the course description:

Examines the phenomenon of modern religious movements within the United States. The movements considered are popularly known as cults, and one of our most important objectives will be to examine critically this term and other categories, such as brainwashing. Ranges broadly, from a consideration of contemporary movements such as Scientology, the Branch Davidians, the People’s Temple, and UFO Cults, to other groups that have experienced longer histories, such as the Latter Day Saints (the Mormons) and the Watchtower (Jehovah’s Witnesses). Special attention is also given to contemporary religious movements within Catholicism. A consideration of modern religious movements is inevitably highly charged. The fundamental purpose of the course is to provide the analytic tools to consider not only modern religious movements themselves but also the discourse surrounding them.

Sounds like a fun course. I wish we could spy on it. D. Mike suggested we insert a tiny microphone into the spine of one copy and stamp it "Instructor's copy." However, the books are printed in Tennessee and shipped direct to Massachusetts, so oh well...


Anonymous said...



That is awesome. May we all be so lucky.

I'd been wanting to read BB since, oh, 2002? and I was oh so excited when it was part of your launch.

But it takes me a long time to get around to things.

A few weeks ago, I finally read the first chapter online, and after that I couldn't wait.

Don't hate me, but I ended up buying it on Amazon (long story--it's still in my ZB shopping cart as well), and now I have it. I haven't started it yet, because I think twenty-one books to read at a time is too many, but soon, soon.

Good for DMM!

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