Journal Article

The Apophasis of Gender: A Fourfold Unsaying of Feminist Theology

Catherine Keller

in Journal of the American Academy of Religion

Published on behalf of American Academy of Religion

Volume 76, issue 4, pages 905-933
Published in print December 2008 | ISSN: 0002-7189
Published online December 2008 | e-ISSN: 1477-4585 | DOI:
The Apophasis of Gender: A Fourfold Unsaying of Feminist Theology

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If academic feminism suffers from an institutionalized overfamiliarity, it is also the case that its language of gender has never ceased to shift, bifurcate, and enfold other discourses. In its attention to its own aporias, feminism at points resembles a mysticism of “knowing ignorance.” This paper effects an improbable resonance between a particular tradition of apophatic cosmology and a feminist theology that resists at once its own idolatry and its own silence. Negative theology becomes positively embodied. The device of a feminist fourfold allows for the exploration of the potentiality of gender, race, and queerness for an amorous and prolific manifold.

Journal Article.  11611 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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