Orson Scott Card’s “Artifact or Artifice”: Where It Stands After Twenty-five Years

Title

Orson Scott Card’s “Artifact or Artifice”: Where It Stands After Twenty-five Years

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication

2018

Authors

Lindsay, Jeff (Primary)

Journal

Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship

Pagination

253-304

Volume

30

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Bibliographic Citation

Lindsay, Jeff. "Orson Scott Card’s “Artifact or Artifice”: Where It Stands After Twenty-five Years" In Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship, Vol. 30. 2018:253-304.

Abstract

When Orson Scott Card wrote “The Book of Mormon: Artifact or Artifice?” in 1993, he applied keen skills as an author of fiction to help readers understand how to detect the many hidden assumptions an author brings into a text. Subtle details such as the choice of what to explain or what not to explain to readers can quickly reveal the era and environment of the author. The value of Card’s analysis is reconsidered in light of extensive Book of Mormon studies since 1993 and has been found, for the most part, to have withstood the test of time well, like the Book of Mormon itself.

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