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The Resource Queer Ancient Ways: A Decolonial Exploration

Queer Ancient Ways: A Decolonial Exploration

Label
Queer Ancient Ways: A Decolonial Exploration
Title
Queer Ancient Ways: A Decolonial Exploration
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Queer Ancient Ways advocates a profound unlearning of colonial/modern categories as a pathway to the discovery of new forms and theories of queerness in the most ancient of sources. In this radically unconventional work, Zairong Xiang investigates scholarly receptions of mythological figures in Babylonian and Nahua creation myths, exposing the ways they have consistently been gendered as feminine in a manner that is not supported, and in some cases actively discouraged, by the texts themselves. An exercise in decolonial learning-to-learn from non-Western and non-modern cosmologies, Xiang's work uncovers a rich queer imaginary that had been all-but-lost to modern thought, in the process critically revealing the operations of modern/colonial systems of gender/sexuality and knowledge-formation that have functioned, from the Conquista de America in the sixteenth century to the present, to keep these systems in obscurity. At the heart of Xiang's argument is an account of the way the unfounded feminization of figures such as the Babylonian (co)creatrix Tiamat, and the Nahua creator-figures Tlaltecuhtli and Coatlicue, is complicit with their monstrification. This complicity tells us less about the mythologies themselves than about the dualistic system of gender and sexuality within which they have been studied, underpinned by a consistent tendency in modern/colonial thought to insist on unbridgeable categorical differences. By contextualizing these deities in their respective mythological, linguistic, and cultural environments, through a unique combination of methodologies and critical traditions in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, and Nahuatl, Xiang departs from the over-reliance of much contemporary queer theory on European (post)modern thought. Much more than a queering of the non-Western and non-modern, Queer Ancient Ways thus constitutes a decolonial and transdisciplinary engagement with ancient cosmologies and ways of thought which are in the process themselves revealed as theoretical sources of and for the queer imagination
Cataloging source
OAPEN
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Xiang, Zairong
Dewey number
306.7601
Index
no index present
Language note
English
LC call number
HQ76.25
Literary form
unknown
Nature of contents
dictionaries
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Queer theory
  • Gender identity
  • Homosexuality
  • Gay & Lesbian studies
  • Gender identity
  • Homosexuality
  • Queer theory
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / Gay & Lesbian
Label
Queer Ancient Ways: A Decolonial Exploration
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (266 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781947447943
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.21983/P3.0235.1.00
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctv1r6fwp4
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • on1100542082
  • (OCoLC)1100542082
Label
Queer Ancient Ways: A Decolonial Exploration
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (266 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781947447943
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.21983/P3.0235.1.00
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctv1r6fwp4
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • on1100542082
  • (OCoLC)1100542082

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