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Sexual DisorientationsQueer Temporalities, Affects, Theologies$
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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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Who Weeps for the Sodomite?

Who Weeps for the Sodomite?

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(p.145) Who Weeps for the Sodomite?
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Sexual Disorientations
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Kent L. Brintnall

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823277513.003.0007

This chapter examines pro-LGBT readings of the Sodom and Gomorrah story (Genesis 19) in light of Lee Edelman’s argument from No Future concerning the constitutive antagonism that founds and funds the social. The chapter shows how such readings replicate the dynamic of exclusionary othering that can be found in both the story and in anti-LGBT readings of the story. As an alternative to such readings, the chapter proposes an embrace of the catastrophic negativity at the heart of the story, and its representations, figured in Lot’s wife’s act of witnessing.

Keywords:   antagonism, Genesis 19, Lee Edelman, Lot’s wife, No Future, Sodom and Gomorrah

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