Department of English Colloquium
- Wednesday, November 4, 2020 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
- Join Via WebEx: https://montana.webex.com/meet/b84s128
For the Department of English Colloquium this semester, Dr. Robert Bennett will be presenting work that he completed as part of his sabbatical last year. He will be reading from his novel in progress, Elder Lithium: The Misadventures of a Manic Mormon Missionary, a semi-autobiographical, gently postmodern novel which explores the life of a bipolar Mormon missionary who struggles with mental health issues. Set in the Italy Rome Mission in the mid-1980s, this novel is composed of 25 short stories, each of which narrates Elder Lithium’s adventures from the perspective of a different missionary companion. In addition to narrating this story at the crossroads between a mental health memoir and a memoir of religious discipleship, this novel also narrates wide-ranging conversations between missionaries who frenetically—not to mention anachronistically—discuss current twenty-first century debates in Mormon theology and history.
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