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Queer Faith: Reading Promiscuity and Race in the Secular Love Tradition

Melissa E. Sanchez


It is a common observation that dominant US secular culture retains the stamp of seventeenth-century Protestantism. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the veneration of monogamous coupledom, an ideal that has been entrenched rather than challenged by the recent extension of marriage rights to LGBTQ couples. But what if this narrative of “history and tradition” turns out to suppress the queerness of its own foundational texts? Queer Faith reassesses key texts of the prehistory of monogamy—from Paul to Luther, Petrarch to Shakespeare—to show that writing assumed to promote fidelity in fact ar ... More

Keywords: queer theory, faith, race, Renaissance lyric poetry, promiscuity, monogamy, secular love, Christian theology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781479871872
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479871872.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Melissa E. Sanchez, author
University of Pennsylvania