Petersen, Boyd J
Program Coordinator for Mormon Studies
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Boyd Petersen's background is in Romanticism and Religious Studies. He regularly teaches Literature of the Sacred and Mormon Literature and is the program coordinator for Mormon Studies. He is the Book Review Editor for the Journal of Mormon History and the past president of the Association for Mormon Letters.



PhD, University of Utah, Comparative Literature

MA, University of Maryland, Comparative Literature

BA, Brigham Young University, French and International Relations


Selected Publications

"'One Soul Shall Not Be Lost': The War in Heaven in Mormon Thought" Journal of Mormon History 38.1 (2012): 1-50.

Myths of Male Mothers: Allegorical Renderings of the Birth Topos in Nineteenth-Century Poetic Production (Saarbrucken, Germ: VDM Verlag Dr. Muller, 2007).

Hugh Nibley: A Consecrated Life (Salt Lake: Kofford, 2002).

“The Reality of Artifice: Villiers de l’Isle-Adam’s L’Ève future and the Anxiety of Reproduction.” The New York Review of Science Fiction 18.10 (2006): 1+.

“Double or Phantom?: Transgenerational Haunting in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.” The New York Review of Science Fiction 17.12 (2005): 16-20.