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IntercarnationsExercises in Theological Possibility$
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Catherine Keller

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823276455

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823276455.001.0001

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The Queer Multiplicity of Becoming

The Queer Multiplicity of Becoming

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(p.193) Chapter 12 The Queer Multiplicity of Becoming
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Intercarnations
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Catherine Keller

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823276455.003.0013

This chapter considers the relationship between the Christian, sexual, nationalized, and anthropocentric exceptionalisms. It argues that gender does not get superseded by sex, or feminist by queer, in practice, in theory or in theology. Instead of supersession there appears a multiplicity of becomings, multiplicities of multiples happening in a nonlinear movement whose events of becoming, massively iterative even in their novelties, do not cease to entangle each other. The chapter explains how Christian exceptionalism could sanctify a new model of imperial sovereignty, one that could be retroactively interpreted as the political theology at work in all modern Western powers. It also examines how our entanglement in each other and in the planet is repressed by exceptionalism and how queer theory may collude in the human exceptionalism when it deploys a careless rhetoric of “denaturalization.”

Keywords:   sex, gender, multiplicity, becoming, exceptionalism, sovereignty, political theology, entanglement, queer theory, denaturalization

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