Leprous Transsexuals: A Queer Midrashic Reading of Vayikra/Leviticus 13-14

dc.contributorTamber-Rosenau, Caryn
dc.contributorRainbow, Jesse
dc.contributorPegoda, Andrew Joseph
dc.contributor.authorHall, Audrey Gale
dc.date.accessioned2022-07-11T14:25:15Z
dc.date.available2022-07-11T14:25:15Z
dc.date.issued2022-05-06
dc.description.abstractThis thesis demonstrates how transgender experiences can illuminate the biblical metanarrative of the metsora (leper). The book of Vayikra (Leviticus) tells kohanim (priests) how to identify and deal with metsora’im (lepers), namely by removing them from the community. Similarly, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) tells American psychiatrists how to identify and deal with gender deviants. In both cases, professionals wield texts given the power to determine the lives of people whose bodily existence defies constructed norms of ability and wholeness, of sanctioned sexuality, and of social desirability. By reimagining metsora’im as survivors in exile, I push back against Vayikra 13 and 14, which define them primarily in terms of disorder. I want to hold up the metsora as a mirror for trans folks, a window through which we can see ourselves in the Torah.
dc.description.departmentComparative Cultural Studies, Department of
dc.description.departmentHonors College
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10657/10475
dc.language.isoen
dc.relation.ispartofSenior Honors Theses
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dc.subjectReligious studies
dc.subjectBiblical Studies
dc.subjectDSM
dc.subjectleprosy
dc.subjectLGBTQ+
dc.subjectstigma
dc.subjectTorah
dc.subjecttransgender theology
dc.subjectqueer midrash
dc.subjectqueer theology
dc.titleLeprous Transsexuals: A Queer Midrashic Reading of Vayikra/Leviticus 13-14
dc.typeHonors Thesis
dc.type.dcmiText
thesis.degree.collegeCollege of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
thesis.degree.levelBachelors
thesis.degree.nameBachelor of Arts
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