Knoxville Mercury Features Mary Campbell and New Book

The Knoxville Mercury featured Mary Campbell, assistant professor of art, in a question-and-answer story about her new book Charles Ellis Johnson and the Erotic Mormon Image.

Nineteenth century Americans viewed the Church of Latter-day Saints with a mixture of disgust, hatred, and sexual curiosity. Campbell’s book focuses on the work of the little-known LDS photographer Charles Ellis Johnson and the aesthetic, legal, and religious strategies Mormons used to recast themselves as model American citizens. Read the story online.