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Yvonne Sherwood

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198722618

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198722618.001.0001

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Judges 3 and the Queer Hermeneutics of Carnophallogocentrism

Judges 3 and the Queer Hermeneutics of Carnophallogocentrism

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(p.261) Chapter 14 Judges 3 and the Queer Hermeneutics of Carnophallogocentrism
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The Bible and Feminism
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Ken Stone

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198722618.003.0015

In ‘Eating Well’, Jacques Derrida uses the terms ‘carnivorous virility’ and ‘carnophallogocentrism’ to refer to a ‘schema’ that excludes women and animals from Western subjectivity and ethics. But a reference to homosexuality in ‘Eating Well’ also allows us to locate gay men in this configuration, which provides a framework for a ‘queer hermeneutics of carnophallogocentrism’. Here this hermeneutics shapes a reading of the story of Eglon, the Moabite king in Judges 3 whose name means ‘calf’ or ‘young bull’ and who is killed under dehumanizing circumstances. Eglon’s story can be read in the context of other sets of biblical stories, including other stories in Judges where men are killed in ways that symbolically ‘unman’ or feminize them; other stories that dehumanize the Moabites as the ethnic constitutive other to the Israelites; and other stories in Judges where women are killed in ways that animalize them.

Keywords:   queer, animal, Judges, carnophallogocentrism, Derrida

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