1. Early Christianity: Auras, Rhizomes, Events, and Bodies
Critical Theory and Early Christianity - Walter Benjamin, Gilles Deleuze, Alain Badiou, and Judith Butler - Matthew G. Whitlock
Matthew G. Whitlock [+]
This introductory chapter delineates the history of Critical Theory, beginning with Walter Benjamin and the so-called Frankfurt School, and then traces its trajectories to Gilles Deleuze, Alain Badiou, and Judith Butler. It then links these trajectories with Biblical and Early Christian studies, opening up new connections for studying early Christian texts from the Gospels to Augustine, offering new concepts for discussing historical and intertextual relationships: auras, rhizomes, events, and bodies. It ends by previewing how this volume offers new, unfamiliar frameworks for understanding these texts: sublimation and textual citation, gentrification and urban spaces, and history and fragments of time; the rhizome, the body without organs, becoming-woman, simulacra and simulation, and the deterritorialization of language; the radical and revolutionary event, the supernumerary truth, and evental recurrence; bodies that matter, gender performativity, and agency.