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Kent L. Brintnall, Joseph A. Marchal, and Stephen D. Moore

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823277513

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823277513.001.0001

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The Futures Outside: Apocalyptic Epilogue Unveiled as Africana Queer Prologue

The Futures Outside: Apocalyptic Epilogue Unveiled as Africana Queer Prologue

(p.90) The Futures Outside: Apocalyptic Epilogue Unveiled as Africana Queer Prologue
Sexual Disorientations

Eric A. Thomas

Fordham University Press

This essay examines the epilogue of Revelation (22:8-21) as an intervention for new imaginations of, and actions toward, a new heaven and new earth that can be realized in the present. It names the ways that Revelation (indeed, the Bible) is used to make outsiders of queer people. More importantly it suggests that the author/narrator John is not the only one who can be filled with the spirit on the Lord(e)’s day with something to say to those “with ears to hear.” The particular “queer time and place” of this investigation occurs at the intersection of queers of color critique, theories of queer temporality, and Sankofa—the Akan concept that we take what is beneficial from the past in order to work toward a more pleasurable future. Composite sketches of the lives of queer folks in the African Diaspora are gathered to create a “deep archive” (following Judith Halberstam) from which Muñoz’s call for new visions of a utopian “then and there” can be articulated in resistance to their apocalyptic “here and now.” Consequently, a re-vision of the death-dealing epilogue can become a life-restoring prologue toward the enactment of Africana queer utopian futures outside of apocalyptic Christo-heteronormativity.

Keywords:   Africana queer, apocalypse of John, Black Church Studies, disidentification, LGBT, queer biblical interpretation, queers of color critique, queer temporality, Revelation, same gender loving (SGL)

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