Tuesday, June 6, 2017

"There Wrestled a Man in Parowan" Discussion

Day 8 is Wm Morris's "There Wrestled a Man in Parowan."

What do you think of the story?

Are there other stories that share enough with this one to share a genre--what are they and what would you call it?


  1. I was packing lunches for my kids while Nicole read this one out loud to me from the submissions pile and had so much fun listening.
    There does seem to be a growing subgenre of weird Mormon stories that play around with history with maybe a dash of the supernatural. Steven Peck and Scott Hales do this a lot. David West's Orrin Porter Rockwell stories. Niklas Hietala's Lit Blitz piece this year is not as light, but still has that kind of weird, almost history, part strange wonder feel.
    I think Scott did some critical work on this toward the end of his dissertation since it's such a break from 1970s "faithful realism."

  2. I loved this one for its lightheartedness. It made me laugh and just seemed like a perfect, bizarre, Mormon story.

    I also enjoyed it in contrast to most of the rest of the stories this year, which I felt tended toward heavier subjects overall. It was a nice break.



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