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 currently the editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, past book review editor at 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

"'The Greatest Glory of True Womanhood': Eve and the Construction of Mormon Gender Identity," in Voices for Equality: Ordain Women and Resurgent Mormon Feminism, ed. Gordon Shepherd, Lavina Fielding Anderson, Gary Shepherd (Salt Lake: Kofford, 2015), 49-76.
"'Redeemed from the Curse Placed upon Her': Dialogic Discourse on Eve in the Woman's Exponent," Journal of Mormon History 40, no. 1 (2014): 135-74.
"'One Soul Shall Not Be Lost': The War in Heaven in Mormon Thought." Journal of Mormon History 38, no. 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).
“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, no. 10 (2006): 1+.
“Double or Phantom?: Transgenerational Haunting in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.” The New York Review of Science Fiction 17, no. 12 (2005): 16-20. 
Hugh Nibley: A Consecrated Life (Salt Lake: Kofford, 2002).