Marianne Meets the Mormons


In the nineteenth century, a fascination with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made Mormons and Mormonism a common trope in French journalism, art, literature, politics, and popular culture. Heather Belnap, Corry Cropper, and Daryl Lee bring to light French representations of Mormonism from the 1830s to 1914, arguing that these portrayals often critiqued and parodied French society. Mormonism became a pretext for reconsidering issues such as gender, colonialism, the family, and church-state relations while providing artists and authors with a means for working through the possibilities of their own evolving national identity.

Surprising and innovative, Marianne Meets the Mormons looks at how nineteenth-century French observers engaged with the idea of Mormonism in order to reframe their own cultural preoccupations.


Marianne Meets the Mormons,” NCFS Unbound, Nineteenth-Century French Studies Association, March 10, 2023.

“A French Fascination with the Mormonism by Ellie Smith, BYU College of Humanities [November 30, 2022]

“2022 in Review: Article and Book Highlights” by Joseph Stuart [November 30, 2022]

“Meet Marianne” by Brontë Hebdon for The Season, sponsored by the Center for Latter-day Saints Art [September 26, 2022]


Podcast with Joseph Stuart, sponsored by BYU’s Maxwell Institute of Religious Scholarship [December 23, 2022]

Roundtable on Collaborative Research, sponsored by BYU’s Humanities Center [November 17, 2022]

Podcast with Richie Steadman, sponsored by the Cultural Hall [November 21, 2022]

Café Europa, sponsored by BYU’s European Studies program [October 25, 2022]