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By Ellen Armour, Susan St. Ville

In such works as Gender Trouble and Bodies That Matter Judith Butler broke new floor in knowing the development and function of identities. whereas Butler's writings were the most important and infrequently debatable within the improvement of feminist and queer conception, Bodily Citations is the 1st anthology established on using her theories to faith. during this assortment students in anthropology, religious study, theology, ethics, and formality stories use Butler's paintings to enquire quite a few themes in biblical, Islamic, Buddhist, and Christian traditions. The authors shed new mild on Butler's principles and spotlight their moral and political import. in addition they increase the scope of spiritual reports as they convey it into dialog with feminist and queer theory.

Subjects mentioned comprise the woman's mosque circulation in Cairo, the ordination of ladies within the Catholic Church, the potential for queer ethics, spiritual ritual, and biblical structures of sexuality.

Contributors contain: Karen Trimble Alliaume, Lewis college; Teresa Hornsby, Drury collage; Amy Hollywood, Harvard Divinity college; Christina Hutchins, Pacific college of faith; Saba Mahmood, college of California, Berkeley; Susanne Mrozik, Mount Holyoke collage; Claudia Schippert, college of principal Florida; Rebecca Schneider, Brown collage; Ken Stone, Chicago Theological Seminary

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Moonlight gives his entire body to a flock of starving birds who eat him to the bone. Moonlight is then reborn as a male Bodhisattva named Brahmalight. 19 Brahmalight offers his MATERIALIZATIONS OF VIRTUE 2 body to a starving tigress and is also eaten to the bone. The story now comes to a close. The Buddha praises generosity since it enabled him to progress toward Buddhahood. He exhorts all present to practice generosity as well. Conventional Discourse on Bodies: Virtuous Bodies and Abject Bodies There is much to be learned from this story.

22 Virtuous bodies are presumed to be the karmic effects of merit and serve as visible markers of a person’s past virtue. Even more significantly, virtuous bodies indicate a person’s present capacity for virtue. For example, one scholar, writing about Therava¯da Buddhism in modern Sri Lanka, notes that the most attractive monks are considered to be the ones with the greatest reputations for virtue. 23 Body and morality are so closely related that a description of a person’s features may serve as commentary on his or her moral character.

8 ELLEN T. ARMOUR AND SUSAN M. ST. 7 Gay activist organizations like ACT-UP and Queer Nation appropriated Butler’s theory as a resource for formulating political strategy. The reviews among feminist theorists were somewhat mixed. 8 Many recognized in Butler’s argument a groundbreaking advance in overcoming the impasses that had beset the field. Here was a theory whose account of the interplay between self and society explained the staying power of gender roles but also pointed toward an opening for political change.

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