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New Texts Out Now: Erin Runions, The Babylon Complex: Theopolitical Fantasies of War, Sex, and Sovereignty

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Erin Runions, The Babylon Complex: Theopolitical Fantasies of War, Sex, and Sovereignty. New York: Fordham University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Erin Runions (ER): Living in New York City in 2001 and after, I was involved in the anti-war movement that protested the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. I wanted to understand what compels people in the United States to accept war, occupation, and torture. Religion is one such driving force. The Bible ...

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Erin Runions

 

Erin Runions is Associate Professor and Chair of Religious Studies at Pomona College. Her research focuses on the Hebrew Bible and its reception history, with special attention to the influence of the Bible on contemporary culture and politics. She demonstrates the cumulative effect of biblical reception on sexuality, biopolitics, racialization, governance, war, torture, and US imperialism. Her publications include The Babylon Complex: Theopolitical Fantasies of War, Sex, and Sovereignty (Fordham University Press, 2014); How Hysterical: Identification and Resistance in the Bible and Film (Palgrave MacMillan, 2003); Changing Subjects: Gender, Nation, Future in Micah (Sheffield Academic Press, 2001); as well as articles in a range of edited collections and journals, including Journal of the American Academy of Religion; Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion; differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies; Postscripts: A Journal of Sacred Texts and Contemporary Worlds; GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies; Biblical Interpretation; The Bible and Critical Theory; and Semeia.