Abject Bodies in the Gospel of Mark

by Villalobos Mendoza, Manuel;

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Abject Bodies in the Gospel of Mark

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Basing himself on Judith Butler’s notion of gender, abjectness, vulnerability, and the precariousness of the human body, Manuel Villalobos offers a compelling study of a number of characters in Mark’s passion narrative whom he finds to be transgressing boundaries and disrupting their assigned gender roles. He then applies the same methodology to Jesus, queering the Markan passion narrative, and concludes that because it was subject to all kinds of physical abuses Jesus’ body is the way by which God becomes identified and fully implicated in the life of those who live at the margins of society.

The whole book, exegetically rich and imaginative, interweaves (often harrowing) tales of village life in Mexico with interpretations of specific Markan episodes. Abject Bodies develops a hermeneutic that Villalobos terms del otro lado (‘from the other side’), because it celebrates the kind of ambiguity produced by gender, racial, cultural, and ethnic otherness. His hope is to initiate a dialogue between the Northern and the Southern hemispheres, a dialogue that crosses the boundaries that separate and exclude people because of economic and legal statuses and,especially, sexual orientation. The end product is a fresh and totally destabilizing reading that accomplishes the difficult task of bringing to the fore voices neglected by the history of the interpretation of the text.


Abject Bodies in the Gospel of Mark was published by Sheffield Phoenix Press Ltd in September 2017. The ISBN for Abject Bodies in the Gospel of Mark is 9781910928271.

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Details for Abject Bodies in the Gospel of Mark

PublisherSheffield Phoenix Press Ltd (September 2017)
Thickness12 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4544103
Page last updated 20th October 2017
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