Queer Nuns: Religion, Activism, and Serious Parody
by Melissa M. Wilcox
Publication Date: May 22, 2018.
Regular readers here may recall that I am Sister Flirtatious Romanovsky of Middlesex, of the Toronto Order of Perpetual Indulgence. In that capacity I exchanged a few emails with Prof. Wilcox, and this book includes quotes from the website I maintained. This is to be clear that I am far from an impartial third-party.
I have read a draft of the book; it is thoughtful, insightful and accessible. Not to deny that it is an academic publication; which is also reflected in the pricing. Here is one paragraph of the official book listing:
“In Queer Nuns, Melissa M. Wilcox offers new insights into the role the Sisters play across queer culture and the religious landscape. The Sisters both spoof nuns and argue quite seriously that they are nuns, adopting an innovative approach the author refers to as serious parody. Like any performance, serious parody can either challenge or reinforce existing power dynamics, and it often accomplishes both simultaneously. The book demonstrates that, through the use of this strategy, the Sisters are able to offer an effective, flexible, and noteworthy approach to community-based activism.
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