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Pellegrini, Ann


Love The Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance (New York: New York University Press, 2003).  Co-author, with Janet R. Jakobsen.  Paperback edition, with new preface  (Boston: Beacon Press, 2004).


Performance Anxieties: Staging Psychoanalysis, Staging Race (New York: Routledge, 1997).


--Edited Collections

Secularisms.  Co-editor, with Janet R. Jakobsen (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2008).


Queer Theory and the Jewish Question.  Co-editor, with Daniel Boyarin and Daniel Itzkovitz (New York: Columbia University Press, 2003).


--Journal Special Issues

Public Sentiments, Special Issue of S & F Online 2:1 (fall 2003),  Guest Editor, with Ann Cvetkovich.


World Secularisms at the Millennium, Special Issue of Social Text 64 vol. 18, no. 3 (Fall 2000).  Co-Editor, with Janet R. Jakobsen.


--Book Series

Sexual Cultures.  General Editor, with José Esteban Muñoz (New York: New York University Press). 1999-present.


--On-line Forum:

States of Devotion: An interactive forum for news, analysis and opinion-making about religion and politics in the Americas.  General Editor. 


--Journal Articles (Partial listing)

“Movement,” Material Religion 7.1 (March 2011): 66-75.


Obama’s Neo New Deal: Religion, Secularism, and Sex in Political Debates Now,” co-written with Janet R. Jakobsen.  Social Research 76.4 (Winter 2009): 1227-1254.


“Religion, Secularism, and a Democratic Politics of ‘As If,’” Social Research 76.4 (Winter 2009): 1345-1350.


“Affect,” co-written with Jasbir K. Puar, Social Text 100 (Fall 2009): 35-8.


“The Dogs of War and the Dogs at Home: Thresholds of Loss,” American Imago 6.2 (2009): 231-51.


 “Feeling Secular,” Women & Performance 19.2 (July 2009): 205-18.


 “Helluva Play,” Material Religion 4.3 (2008/9): 350-54.


‘What do children learn at school?’: Necropedagogy and the Future of the Dead Child,” Social Text 97 (Winter 2008): 97-105.


 “Höllentheater: Sünde und Abschrekung—das Phänomen der Hell Houses” [“Helltheater: Sin and Deterrence—The Phenomenon of Hell Houses”; German-language version of “Helluva Play”], testcard #17 (spring-summer 2008), 133-41.


“Habeas Corpus: Behold the Body,” War and Other Bad Shit, special issue of TDR: The Drama Review 52.1 (Spring 2008): 179-82.


“Art, Activism, and Social Change: ‘A Hell of a lot of hard work’—An interview with Karen Finley,” Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory 17.3 (Nov. 2007): 331-37.


“‘Signaling through the Flames’: Hell House Performance and Structures of Religious Feeling,” American Quarterly 59.3 (Fall 2007): 921-45.  [Awarded the 2008 Constance Rourke Prize, from the American Studies Association, for the best article published in Volume 59 of American Quarterly.]


“Unnatural Affinities: Me and Judy at the Lesbian Bar,” Camera Obscura 65 (Aug. 2007): 126-133.


“Melancholy Hope and Other Psychic Remainders: Afterthoughts on Love the Sin,” co-written with Janet R. Jakobsen, Studies in Gender and Sexuality 6.4 (2005): 423-440. 


“Testimonial Sexuality; or, Queer Structures of Religious Feeling: Notes Towards an Investigation,” Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism (Fall 2005): 93-102.



--Book Chapters (partial listing)

“Feeling Secular,” Acts of Faith: Religion, Theatre, and Performance, ed. Lance Gharavi (New York: Routledge, in press). 

Reprinted from Women and Performance Women & Performance 19.2 (July 2009).


“Teaching Friction,” Something to Declare: a Collection of Critical Credos, ed. Jeffrey J. Williams and Heather Steffen (New York: Columbia University Press, in press).


“Sex Matters,” co-written with Janet R. Jakobsen. Petite Mort: Recollections of a Queer Public, ed. Carlos Motta and Joshua Lubin-Levy (New York: Forever & Today, Inc, 2011 [in press]).


“Introduction” to The Reality Shows, by Karen Finley (New York: Feminist Press, 2011): 9-26.


“Closing Ranks, Keeping Company: Marriage Plots and the Will to Be Single in Much Ado About Nothing,” Shakesqueer, ed. Madhavi Menon (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011): 245-53.


You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real): Sandra Bernhard’s Whiteface,” The Feminism and Visual Culture Reader, ed. Amelia Jones (London: Routledge, 2010): 416-26. 

Reprinted from Performance Anxieties: Staging Psychoanalysis, Staging Race (Routledge, 1997). 


“Taking Pain(s), Talking Religion,” Re-Enchantment, ed. James Elkins and David Morgan (London and New York: Routledge, 2008): 192-4.


“After Sontag: Future Notes on Camp,” A Companion to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies, ed. George E. Haggerty and Molly McGarry (Oxford: Blackwell, 2007): 166-91.


“Staging Sexual Injury: How I Learned to Drive,” Critical Theory and Performance, second edition, ed. Janelle G. Reinelt and Joseph R. Roach (Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2007): 413-31.


“Repercussions and Remainders in the Plays of Paula Vogel: An Essay in Five Moments,” The Cambridge Companion to Modern American Drama, ed. David Krasner (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004): 473-85.


“Consuming Lifestyle: Commodity Capitalism and Transformations in Gay Identity,” Queer Globalizations: Citizenship and the Afterlife of Colonialism, ed. Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé and Martin F. Manalansan (New York: New York University Press, 2002): 134-45.


“(Laughter),” Psychoanalysis and Performance, ed. Adrian Kear and Patrick Campbell (London: Routledge, 2001): 179-93.


--On-line Publications (partial listing)

“Making It Better in the Classroom: Pedagogical Reflections,” Social Text Periscope (Nov. 2010).


Difference, Democracy, and the Feeling of Fairness: Some Observations on the Cordoba Controversy,” States of Devotion (Nov. 2010).


SNL: Gay Weddings at Ground Zero Mosque: Ann Pellegrini’s TV Watch,” States of Devotion (Nov. 2010).


“Religious and Sexual Freedoms Are Not Opposed,” co-written with Janet R. Jakobsen.  The Immanent Frame, an online publication of the Social Science Research Council (July 2009).  Available at:


“Practicing sex, practicing democracy,” co-written with Janet R. Jakobsen.  The Immanent Frame, an online publication of the Social Science Research Council (March 9, 2008).  Available at:


“Marriage Plots,” co-written with Janet R. Jakobsen.  The Immanent Frame, an online publication of the Social Science Research Council (March 8, 2008).  Available at: