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3. Harvey Milk’s (Sacred and Sexual) Body

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1. Title Title of document 3. Harvey Milk’s (Sacred and Sexual) Body - The Religious Body Imagined
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country William Gilders; Emory University; United States
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) body and religion; religious body; comparative religion; material religion; religion and culture; ethnography and religion; gender and religion; ritual
5. Subject Subject classification Body and Religion
6. Description Abstract Harvey Milk, assassinated over forty years ago on November 27, 1978, is a queer saint. This paper, in the self-identifying voice of a gay man, will explore the significance of Harvey Milk’s cultural sanctity in relation to his sexual embodiment. It emphasizes that “Saint Harvey” was a leading figure in a movement of sexual liberation and was himself a strongly sexual being. These facts are sometimes downplayed in his representation as a sacred figure, which often focus on his dead body and its “relics” (such as his blood-stained clothing), over against his vitally sexual pre-assassination body. Examining the phenomenon of the “canonization” of a sexually embodied gay (Jewish) agnostic, this paper specifically asks “what happens when Milk’s sacralization is explicitly tied to his sexuality? Can a saint be a sexual being, not peripherally or incidentally, but centrally and essentially?”
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Nov-2021
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.39647
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; The Religious Body Imagined
16. Language English=en en
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