From William and Mary graduate student and friend of JI Spencer Wells:
Skimming through the Journal of Discourses I’ve come across quite a few references to the dangers of Mormon bachelorhood. As we all know, such tropes have carried into modern Mormondom. However, I am interested in problematizing concerns over bachelorhood in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, as well as placing the conversations which church leaders are having concerning masculinity and its discontents in a wider national context. While I do not have a working thesis at the moment (this project is still very much in the formative stage) I am curious if anyone
- a) Knows of any good primary or secondary sources I can consult on Mormon bachelorhood, and
- b) whether there has been a good amount of work done on this already. I haven’t found much, though I will be the first to admit that I am only beginning to become familiar with Mormon historiography.
Any input would be great. Thanks for your time!