Feminism, Sexuality, and the Return of Religion

Feminism, Sexuality, and the Return of Religion

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Publication date: 05/19/2011
ISBN: 978-0-253-00171-9
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Feminist theory and reflections on sexuality and gender rarely make contact with contemporary continental philosophy of religion. Where they all come together, creative and transformative thinking occurs. In Feminism, Sexuality, and the Return of Religion, internationally recognized scholars tackle complicated questions provoked by the often stormy intersection of these powerful forces. The essays in this book break down barriers as they extend the richness of each philosophical tradition. They discuss topics such as queer sexuality and religion, feminism and the gift, feminism and religious reform, and religion and diversity. The contributors are Hélène Cixous, Sarah Coakley, Kelly Brown Douglas, Mark D. Jordan, Catherine Keller, Saba Mahmood, and Gianni Vattimo.

Author Bio

Linda Martín Alcoff is Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College and the City University of New York. She is author of Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self and editor of many books, including Singing in the Fire: Tales of Women in Philosophy and Identity Politics Reconsidered.

John D. Caputo is Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion and Humanities at Syracuse University. He is author of The Weakness of God: A Theology of the Event (IUP, 2006) and editor (with Linda Martín Alcoff) of St. Paul among the Philosophers (IUP, 2009).


“Ambitious, promising, and timely as it works to cross-pollinate three of the most powerful forces in contemporary society: feminism, sexuality, and religion.”
 — James Olthuis, Institute for Christian Studies

“The intellectual breadth and depth represented here is potent and will attract readers from a variety of disciplines.”
 — Ellen Armour, Vanderbilt Divinity School

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Feminism, Sexuality and the Return of Religion—Linda Martín Alcoff and John D. Caputo
1. In Defense of Sacrifice: Gender, Selfhood and the Binding of Isaac—Sarah Coakley
2. The Return of Religion during the Reign of Sexuality—Mark D. Jordan
3. Returning God: the Gift of Feminist Theology—Catherine Keller
4. Religion, Feminism and the Empire: Is Islam the Problem? —Saba Mahmood
5. It's All About the Blues: The Black Female Body and Womanist God-Talk—Kelly Brown Douglas
6. Nihilism, Sexuality, Postmodern Christianity—Gianni Vattimo
7. Promised Belief—Hélène Cixous
8. Concluding Roundtable: Feminism, Sexuality and the Deconstruction of "Religion"