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Passing OrdersDemonology and Sovereignty in American Spiritual Warfare$
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S. Jonathon O'Donnell

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823289677

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823289677.001.0001

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Jezebel Assemblages: Witchcraft, Queerness, Transnationality

Jezebel Assemblages: Witchcraft, Queerness, Transnationality

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Passing Orders

S. Jonathon O’Donnell

Fordham University Press

This chapter explores demonologies of one the most ubiquitous demonic spirits in spiritual warfare literature: the Jezebel spirit. It argues that the figure of Jezebel comes to unify anxieties over the breakdown of “proper” relations between personal and national bodies, conjuring transnational, affective assemblages of religious and political forms that threaten the integrity and reproducibility of a white, cisheteropatriarchal America. It outlines the role of the Jezebel spirit as a gendered nexus uniting evangelical discourses of anti-feminism, anti-abortion, queer- and transphobia, antiblackness, and xenophobia that is enfleshed in “willful” (queer, racialized) subjects. Exploring the image of Jezebel’s witchcraft and her queer partnership with Babylon as symbolizing queer transnational and transcultural bonds “forged” between porous and nomadic non-sovereign bodies, the chapter ultimately frames Jezebel as embodying anxieties over process and flow that unsettle singular concepts of (white, settler) “sovereign man” on which sovereignty is grounded.

Keywords:   antiblackness, anti-feminism, Babylon, cisheteropatriarchy, Jezebel spirit, sovereign man, willful subject, witchcraft

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