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"What is Queer? Theology after Identity"

Loughlin, Gerard



This article discusses various uses of ‘queer’ in theology, from the queerness of theology itself to queer as insult, and as insult turned. But it is chiefly concerned with queer as what David Halperin calls an ‘identity without an essence’. As such queer is a movement, a deployment, which unsettles all attempts to fix theology—and God—within the contingent lineaments of heteropatriarchy. Queer is what all theology should be.


Loughlin, G. (2008). "What is Queer? Theology after Identity". Theology & Sexuality, 14(2), 143-152.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2008-01
Journal Theology and Sexuality
Print ISSN 1355-8358
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Issue 2
Pages 143-152