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978-0-7890-0026-2 / 0789000261

Reclaiming the Sacred: The Bible in Gay And Lesbian Culture

by Frontain, Raymond-Jean

Publisher:Haworth Pr Inc

Edition:Hardcover

Language:English

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A thought-provoking look at the Bible!

Reclaiming the Sacred: The Bible in Gay and Lesbian Culture explores the territory between gay/lesbian studies, literary criticism, and religious studies. This book examines the appropriation and/or subversion of the authority of the Judeo-Christian bible by gay and lesbian writers. Two prevalent trends in gay and lesbian literature are highlighted--a transgressive approach that challenges the authority of the Bible when used as an instrument of oppression, and an appropriative technique that explores how the Bible contributes to defining gay and lesbian spirituality.

Reclaiming the Sacred is unique in its exploration of the area between literary criticism and religious studies. Whereas contemporary literary-critical theory has been slow to integrate religion and religious history into queer theory, this pioneering journal addresses the issue with a collection of thoughtful and thought-provoking articles.

Academics and lay readers interested in literary criticism, cultural studies, and religious studies will gain new insights from topics such as:

  • sodomite rhetoric in a seventeenth-century Italian text
  • Radclyffe Halls lesbian messiah in her 1928 novel The Well of Loneliness
  • homosexual temptation in John Milton's Paradise Regained
  • Oscar Wildes usurpation of the language of both The Song of Songs and The Book of Revelation to ape the paradox of biblical sensuality and construct an alternative identity

    Reclaiming the Sacred counteracts the manipulative and oppressive uses to which modern writers and thinkers put the Bible and the morality it is supposed to inscribe. An important tool for understanding the role of the Bible in gay and lesbian culture, this remarkable book makes a powerful contribution to the advancement of studies on queer sanctity.


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