QUEERS ON ACCOUNT OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN: RHETORICAL CONSTRUCTIONS OF THE EUNUCH BODY

J. David Hester

Abstract


The body of the eunuch has been a source of tremendous rhetorical (not to mention social,
moral, legal and political) contestation. In the ancient world, where the predominant
“single-sex” model of human sexual identity and development demanded conformity to
cleary differentiated roles between men and women, the eunuch transgressed this division.
The purpose of the following paper is to explore the variety of ways in which the eunuch
body was (and continues to be) confronted, constrained and defined by a “natural”
heterosexist ideology striving to maintain its hegemony over sex-gender identity.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/90-0-1069

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