Poetics of the Flesh (Paperback)
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Poetics of the Flesh (Paperback)

Paperback 216 Pages / Published: 09/10/2015
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In Poetics of the Flesh Mayra Rivera offers poetic reflections on how we understand our carnal relationship to the world, at once spiritual, organic, and social. She connects conversations about corporeality in theology, political theory, and continental philosophy to show the relationship between the ways ancient Christian thinkers and modern Western philosophers conceive of the "body" and "flesh." Her readings of the biblical writings of John and Paul as well as the work of Tertullian illustrate how Christian ideas of flesh influenced the works of Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Michel Foucault, and inform her readings of Judith Butler, Frantz Fanon, and others. Rivera also furthers developments in new materialism by exploring the intersections among bodies, material elements, social arrangements, and discourses through body and flesh. By painting a complex picture of bodies, and by developing an account of how the social materializes in flesh, Rivera provides a new way to understand gender and race.

Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822360131
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 10 mm

"Rivera's book is a poetic love song of our incarnate life. It's a song I'll gladly sing." -- Jacob J. Erickson * Christian Century *
"...Rivera's text makes significant and noteworthy advancement, not only in theological anthropology, critical theory, and materiality, but also in an apophatic theology grounded in the immanent indeterminacy of multiplicity and relational, worldly ontology.... [A]n enjoyable 'must read' for many theologians, philosophers, and advanced graduate students." -- Brad Bannon * Reading Religion *
"Situating the body in its spiritual, organic and social spheres of corporeal existence, the book thus argues toward a poetics of the flesh based on the relational materiality of the body and the world that makes a welcome move beyond the prevailing discourse around essentialist boundaries." -- Jajati K. Pradhan and Seema Singh * Journal of Postcolonial Writing *
"Rivera has contributed another "must-read." Its elegance is evident on the page itself, for the argument flows easily in the seemingly effortless interweaving of three complex terrains: biblical theology, a phenomenology of the flesh and its postmodern legacies, and the politics of ethnic, racial, and sexual identity that beckons our attention at the so-called end of metaphysics. No one can engage this subtle, labyrinthine, and mellifluous text without being made more aware of the possibilities of a new relational matrix for interpreting the world and disentangling its many injustices." -- Peter Casarella * Modern Theology *
"Rivera identifies flesh as the root of many long-standing critiques of the body in theology and philosophy, and she sets out to unlock Christian imagination from conflations of flesh with sin, feminine and colonized bodies, and evil. The fruit of her labor is a beautiful invitation to reimagine and dwell in the rich complexity of enfleshed life within this world." -- Jodi L. A. Belcher * Anglican Theological Review *
"[Poetics of the Flesh] represents an important milestone in theology and philosophy for the contemporary reader." -- Hector M. Varela Rios * Perspectivas *
"This is an amazing, stunning, and rich work of philosophical erudition, intellectual suppleness, existential and intellectual passion." -- M. Shawn Copeland * Syndicate *
"[A] wonderful book that is not only thoughtful in content but also delightful in form." -- Tat-siong Benny Liew * Syndicate *

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