• The Present and Future of Trans Hermeneutics: Viewing Sarah Cispiciously: Cisnormalisation, and the Problem of Cisnormativity

    Author(s):
    Jo Henderson-Merrygold (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Group(s):
    Biblical Studies, Gender Studies, Hebrew Bible / Old Testament, LGBTQ Studies
    Subject(s):
    Bible as literature, Gender, Gender and queer studies, Hebrew bible, Hermeneutics
    Item Type:
    Conference paper
    Conf. Title:
    Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting
    Conf. Org.:
    LGBTI/Queer Hermeneutics; Gender, Sexuality, and the Bible Strands
    Conf. Loc.:
    Denver
    Conf. Date:
    17-21 November 2018
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/v38b-3w36
    Abstract:
    This paper presents a reading of Sarah (Genesis 11:29-23:19) as a proto-trans(gender) figure. The author addresses the problem of cisnormativity and its impact on biblical interpretation. In particular, throughout this paper Sarah is presented as a character who has been cisnormalised within the literary tradition of the Biblical text in order to make her coherent to cisnormative gender expectations. Reading against this assumption through the deployment of a hermeneutics of cispicion enables identification of Sarah beyond these parameters.
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