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Toward a Theology of ErosTransfiguring Passion at the Limits of Discipline$
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Virginia Burrus and Catherine Keller

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226351

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226351.001.0001

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Feetishism: The Scent of a Latin American Body Theology

Feetishism: The Scent of a Latin American Body Theology

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(p.134) Feetishism: The Scent of a Latin American Body Theology
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Toward a Theology of Eros
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Marcella MarÍa Althaus-Reid

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823226351.003.0007

This chapter explores Latin American “feetishism”—centered around theological readings of the work of Brazilian poet Glauco Matosso— and considers how the erotic traverses and transfigures, queers and subverts, differences framed in terms of colonialism and nationality, class and race, as well as sexuality and gender. What is unique in Mattoso's 1986 book The Loving Feetishist Handbook: Adventures and Readings from a Guy Crazy for Feet is the presence of theology as pornology. Using an erotic language, Mattoso's work has the ability to represent the deconstruction and confrontation of power by a street liturgy of multiple humiliations. What Mattoso did so successfully was to produce a democratic fetishist event, which participated in dialogic elements and dramatized issues of power, pleasure, and work. Fetishism is a form of art that gathers together the commonplace and the transcendent experience in a unique way. Feetishism takes away the conception that there is a natural spirituality before systematic theological dressing fixes in it some identity and sexuality or before the body is articulated, becoming territorialized by dressing codes.

Keywords:   Glauco Matosso, feetishism, sexuality, gender, theology, pornology, power, fetishism, body

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