Sawyer, Deborah F. (2001) Dressing up/dressing down : power, performance and identity in the Book of Judith. Theology and Sexuality, 8 (15). pp. 23-31. ISSN 1745-5170Full text not available from this repository.
In this paper Sawyer reads the book of Judith through the lens of queer theory and contemporary French feminist philosophy. She argues that the story of Judith is a clear example of gender subversion in the ancient world, a rupture in the metanarrative, a disruption of boundaries. Par ticularly interesting is the depiction of Judith as becoming feminine, putting on drag, as it were, in order to entice Holofernes. Judith puts on a particular performance of gender to achieve her purpose and then resumes her role as gender subverter imitating a male warrior at the end of battle by loading up her mules with booty! If the inner truth of gender is a fabrication and if a true gender is a fantasy instituted and inscribed on the surface of bodies, then it seems that genders can be neither true nor false, but are only produced as the truth effects of a discourse of primary and stable identity (Butler 1990: 136).
|Journal or Publication Title:||Theology and Sexuality|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion|
|Departments:||Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)|
|Deposited By:||Mr Richard Ingham|
|Deposited On:||09 Oct 2008 13:17|
|Last Modified:||13 Jan 2016 10:45|
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