SYLLABUS: Taylor Petrey, “Gender, Sexuality, and Mormonism”

HDS 2119, Harvard Divinity School 2016

Course Goals:

  • Identify important moments, institutions, movements, shifts in Mormon discourse on gender and sexuality
  • Historicize these shifts/situate them in broader American context
  • Explore how different theoretical/theological approaches to gender (essentialist, cultural construction, queer) inform the analysis of gender in Mormonism
  • Develop analytic and research skills

Required Texts:

  • Richard L. Bushman, Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction
  • Holbrook and Bowman, Women and Mormonism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
  • D. Michael Quinn, Same-Sex Dynamics Among Nineteenth Century Americans: A Mormon Example.
  • Brooks, Steenblik, and Wheelwright, Mormon Feminism: Essential Writings
  • Other readings will be made available electronically