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 [+-]
Seattle University
Matthew G. Whitlock (Ph.D. The Catholic University of America) is Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Seattle University. He researches the multilingual poetry of the LXX and the New Testament, publishing most recently in The Catholic Biblical Quarterly (“Acts 1:15-26 and the Craft of New Testament Poetry,” January 2014). He is also interested in the intersections between Paul, Acts of the Apostles, and the so-called apocryphal Acts. He wrote a chapter on Acts of the Apostles and the Pauline epistles (“From the Acts of the Apostles to Paul: Shaking off the Muffled Majesty of Impersonal Authorship” in Unity and Diversity in the Gospels and Paul: Essays in Honor of Frank J. Matera, Society of Biblical Literature, 2012) using the theories of Henry James, Mikhail Bakhtin, and Alain Badiou to consider what unifies these diverse works. Since 2010, Whitlock has participated in a faculty seminar on Critical Theory at Seattle University, researching the works of Badiou, Deleuze, DeLanda, Meillassoux, Bennett, and Latour.

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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.

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Whitlock, Matthew. 1. Early Christianity: Auras, Rhizomes, Events, and Bodies. Critical Theory and Early Christianity - Walter Benjamin, Gilles Deleuze, Alain Badiou, and Judith Butler. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Sep 2021. ISBN 9781781794135. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=30144. Date accessed: 21 Sep 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.30144. Sep 2021

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