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DivinanimalityAnimal Theory, Creaturely Theology$
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Stephen Moore

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823263196

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823263196.001.0001

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Devouring the Human:

Devouring the Human:

Digestion of a Corporeal Soteriology

(p.51) Devouring the Human

Erika Murphy

Fordham University Press

Erika Murphy's essay begins with reflection on the anecdote Hélenè Cixous tells in Stigmata of being bitten by a dog as a child. This deep bite was an epiphany of “the meat we are,” yet also emerged out of the animal's suffering. The dog becomes Job and Christ for Cixous. For Murphy, Cixous's reflections open up crucial aspects of the Johannine Jesus' corporality as flesh to be devoured and sacrificial animal. Murphy proceeds to add layer upon layer to this corporeal Christology, concluding that the call to consume Christ is an invitation to recognize the shared vulnerability of human and animal flesh, a vision that takes us to the brink of transcendence. Consumed by the animal, the human develops a taste for the divine.

Keywords:   Animality studies, Hélenè Cixous, The Gospel of John, The Eucharist

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