Vol 18, no. 1 (2022): Jennifer Quigley

Teaching and Touches Across Time: Queer Historiography, Pedagogy, and Appalling Bodies – Jennifer Quigley


This paper responds to Joseph Marchal’s Appalling Bodies, asking what might it look like to take Marchal’s queer historiography as a pedagogical intervention for biblical studies? I begin by centring the needs and experiences of queer students in biblical studies classrooms as a means of interrogating traditional methods of pedagogy focused solely on defamiliarization, asking who gets to say the Bible is or is not about them? I then read Marchal alongside pedagogical theorists bell hooks and Paolo Freire to consider the intersections of queer historiography, hook’s notion of transgressions across boundaries as a practice of freedom and Freire’s interest in humanization. I conclude by analysing two of my own classroom activities in light of Marchal’s work to model what it might look like to reconsider pedagogy in a biblical studies classroom.

Key words: queer historiography, pedagogy, Paul

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