Reluctant Monogamy: Secularism, Sex, and Early Mormonism,

Peter Coviello

University of Illinois at Chicago

Peter Coviello is Professor of English at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He has written about Walt Whitman, stepparenthood, the history of sexuality, queer children, American literature, Mormon polygamy, and, occasionally, Steely Dan. He is currently on fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study, completing a project about sex, early Mormonism, and the biopolitics of secularism. His book,Long Players: A Love Story in Eighteen Songs, is forthcoming from Penguin Books in 2018.


Peter Coviello’s paper sketches the story of Mormons from the period of their emergence as a dissident sect through to their renunciation of polygamy at century’s end. Coviello shows that this renunciation, by which the... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Peter Coviello (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Topic Area



P05 » Genealogies of Homonationalism (08:30 - Thursday, 22nd March, Fiesta III-IV)

Presentation Files

The presenter has not uploaded any presentation files.