Bodily Citations: Religion and Judith Butler

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Columbia University Press, Dec 5, 2006 - Religion - 336 pages
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In such works as Gender Trouble and Bodies That Matter Judith Butler broke new ground in understanding the construction and performance of identities. While Butler's writings have been crucial and often controversial in the development of feminist and queer theory, Bodily Citations is the first anthology centered on applying her theories to religion. In this collection scholars in anthropology, biblical studies, theology, ethics, and ritual studies use Butler's work to investigate a variety of topics in biblical, Islamic, Buddhist, and Christian traditions. The authors shed new light on Butler's ideas and highlight their ethical and political import. They also broaden the scope of religious studies as they bring it into conversation with feminist and queer theory.

Subjects discussed include the woman's mosque movement in Cairo, the ordination of women in the Catholic Church, the possibility of queer ethics, religious ritual, and biblical constructions of sexuality.

Contributors include: Karen Trimble Alliaume, Lewis University; Teresa Hornsby, Drury University; Amy Hollywood, Harvard Divinity School; Christina Hutchins, Pacific School of Religion; Saba Mahmood, University of California, Berkeley; Susanne Mrozik, Mount Holyoke College; Claudia Schippert, University of Central Florida; Rebecca Schneider, Brown University; Ken Stone, Chicago Theological Seminary

 

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Contents

Judith Butlerin Theory
1
Buddhist Discourses on Bodies
15
The Garden of Eden and the Heterosexual Contract
48
Biblical Scholarship After Judith Butler
71
Thinking the Inordinate Body
93
Turning OnTo Ethics
157
Agency Performativity and the Feminist Subject
177
Judith Butler in My Hands
225
Performativity Citationality Ritualization
252
Afterword
276
Selected Bibliography
293
Index
299
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Ellen T. Armour is E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Associate Professor of Theology at Vanderbilt Divinity School and is the author of Deconstruction, Feminist Theology, and the Problem of Difference: Subverting the Race/Gender Divide.

Susan M. St. Ville is a therapist at the Madison Center and is a coeditor of Transfigurations: Feminist Theology and the French Feminists.


Ellen Armour is the department chair in religious studies at Rhodes College. She is the author of Deconstruction, Feminist Theology, and the Problem of Difference (Chicago, 1999). Susan St. Ville, formerly on the theology faculty at Notre Dame, is an independent scholar. She is the editor of Transfigurations: Theology and the French Feminists (Fortress, 1994).

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