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The Babylon Complex: Theopolitical Fantasies of War, Sex, and Sovereignty

Erin Runions

Abstract

Following allusions to Babylon in secular and religious discourse in the decade after 9.11, this book explores the complicated influence of the Bible on U.S. political thought. Babylon is a surprisingly multivalent symbol in U.S. culture and politics. This composite biblical figure—taken from interpretive traditions about Babylon, Babel, and the Whore of Babylon—is variously used to celebrate diversity and also to condemn it, to sell sexuality and to regulate it, to worry about homogeneous tyrannical imperialism and to galvanize the “war on terror” and the war in Iraq. Babylon becomes so much ... More

Keywords: Babylon, biopolitics, U.S. empire, globalization, political sovereignty, political subjectivity, queer, sexuality, theopolitics, war

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780823257331
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823257331.001.0001

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Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erin Runions, author
Pomona College

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