with Peter Coviello (University of Illinois at Chicago)
A book celebration and discussion of Coviello’s Make Yourselves Gods: Mormonism and the Unfinished Business of American Secularism, with
John Lardas Modern (Franklin & Marshall)
Nancy Bentley (UPenn)
Jasbir K. Puar (Rutgers)
Make Yourselves Gods offers a counter-history of early Mormon theology and practice, tracking the Saints from their emergence as a dissident sect to their renunciation of polygamy at century’s end.
Reading Mormonism through a synthesis of religious history, political theology, native studies, and queer theory, Peter Coviello crafts a new framework for imagining orthodoxy, citizenship, and the fate of the flesh in nineteenth-century America.