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Beyond the Doctrine of ManDecolonial Visions of the Human$
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Joseph Drexler-Dreis and Kristien Justaert

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780823286898

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823286898.001.0001

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Bodies That Speak

Bodies That Speak

(p.193) Chapter 8 Bodies That Speak
Beyond the Doctrine of Man

Linn Marie Tonstad

Fordham University Press

This essay argues that the “queer prophet,” a figure that emerges from combining certain biblical features of prophecy with queer (especially queer of color) performance theory, can spark resistance to global capitalism’s tactics of discipline and fragmentation. I propose understanding prophecy as bodied acts, often baffling even to the prophet, that have transformative potential in relation to the current order, but that require reception and mediation (and thus relation) in order to actualize that potential. Such resistance depends on respatialization and retemporalization in order to create contiguity or alliance between the different, the formation of a “we” as a result of such contiguity, the identification of the salient processes (or quilting points) of global capital, the utterance of demands indexed to the transformation of such salient processes by the “we,” and, in the processes, the development of “our” ability to believe in an impossible and unimaginable future.

Keywords:   alliance, global capitalism, prophecy, queer performance theory

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