Queer Callings: Untimely Notes on Names and Desires

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Fordham University Press
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5.0 X 8.1 X 0.9 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Mark Jordan is R. R. Niebuhr Research Professor at Harvard Divinity School. His recent books include Recruiting Young Love: How Christians Talk about Homosexuality and Convulsing Bod-ies: Religion and Resistance in Foucault. He is also author of the groundbreaking work The Invention of Sodomy in Christian Theology.


Capacious in its literary engagements and in its persistence in linking philosophical and literary interventions with time-honored theological perspectives, Queer Callings draws together in a new pattern the threads of Christian theological history and Foucauldian genealogical analysis that have made Mark Jordan a luminary.---Melissa M. Wilcox, author of Queer Nuns: Religion, Activism, and Serious Parody
A lively and incisive historicized linguistic study of how the habit of naming ourselves after sex/gender has been built up and cemented, Queer Callings is an expertly alert and finely textured investigation of the archives of queer speech.---Richard Rambuss, author of Closet Devotions and Kubrick's Men
In this profound and profoundly intelligent book, Mark D. Jordan probes the protocols as well as the frequently violent debates that surround queer names and naming: the names we call ourselves, the names we are called by others. Along the way, Queer Callings not only defamiliarizes current ways of naming sexual and gender identities; it also loosens the grip of the very imperative to catalogue and name our identities in the first place, indeed, as our first place if we are to be at all. Jordan does so in order to open up wider and wilder and more lushly habitable ways of being and becoming and desiring. Lyrically argued and gloriously felt, Queer Callings is a gift of possibility.---Ann Pellegrini, coauthor of Gender Without Identity