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Biblical Performance Criticism: The Almost, But Not Quite, Transubstantiation of Performance Studies into Religious Studies

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-23
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2017



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The focus of the article is about how a queer theological gaze affects both place and performance.
It suggests that, through ritualized practises, one might be able to reimagine
meaning for spaces and the bodies that inhabit them. This investigation is a kind of queer
prophetic imagination in action. The article starts with a historical look at bathhouses
from the 1960s and 1970s, and their impact on homosexual identity, while linking key
theological thinkers to spatial theorists who suggest that people’s behaviours create,
maintain, or challenge conceived notions of space. The article includes an exegesis of
scripture by imposing a rereading of the Sodom and Gomorrah narrative onto the 1970s
gay bathhouse, and by that, suggesting that the ritualized act of queer sex has the possibility
of creating a kind of queer, sacred space.

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