“Queer Religiosities: An Introduction to Queer and Transgender Studies in Religion” by Melissa M. Wilco

Wilcox, Melissa M. “Queer Religiosities: An Introduction to Queer and Transgender Studies in Religion”, Rowman, 2020.

Sophisticated Investigations

Amos Lassen

“Queer Religiosities” is the first comprehensive, comparative, and globally focused introduction to queer and transgender studies in religion. It looks at sophisticated topics in clear and accessible language by award-winning teacher and scholar Melissa M. Wilcox who brings her engaging lecture style into conversation with the work of scholars from around the world with the purpose of welcoming students into these rapidly growing fields.
Wilcox begins with an introduction to key concepts in religious studies, queer studies, and transgender studies and an overview of the history of transgender and queer studies in religion. Through thematic chapters we look at stories, conversations, practices, identities, communities, and politics and power. Organized comparatively, we begin to understand the details and complexities of religions, genders, and sexualities as they are lived out around the world. 

We see the rich and challenging possibilities that emerge at the interconnection of queer and transgender studies and religion. An intersectional approach is filled with diverse and richly textured examples, drawn from various, mainly contemporary religious traditions and cultural forms (including ritual practices, popular art and film). These examples are clear descriptions of critical concepts, approaches and consequential scholarship in overlapping academic fields. “Queer Religiosities” gives its readers an invitation to unsettle preconceptions and ask them to ask novel questions about how religion, queerness and transness can be and are interrelated. The book brings together religious studies, queer studies, and trans studies  move past the tired paradigm of world religions, not merely by criticizing that model, but by showing new ways to conceive how we approach religion. This book is an indispensable guide for anyone interested in thinking about or teaching on religion, gender, and sexuality studies for a great time to come.
Resources include study questions, discussion questions, suggestions for further reading, a glossary, an annotated filmography, and a selected bibliography to encourage further study


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