Rich Spirituality: Compulsory Heterosexuality and the Lesbian Continuum in the Islamic and Catholic Worlds

By Brian Michael Padgett.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The fictional pieces discussed are Egyptian writer Alfia Rifaat’s “My World of the Unknown” and Rosamaria Roffiel’s “Forever Only Lasts A Full Moon” from Mexico. As Rich contends in “Compulsory Heterosexuality and the Lesbian Existence,” the creation of the lesbian space is at once incredibly difficult to execute within the predominately heteronormative matrix of our global society, yet is mandatory in terms of the nurturing of the lesbian being. In this paper I consider how these authors implement the motif of spritu-sexual pedagogy and the subconscious as lesbian, and utilize religious aspects of their respective communities, both of which explicitly condemn the sexual practices and inclinations of their characters, to subversively create a narrative lesbian sphere.

Keywords: Lesbian, Literature, Continuum, Rich, Foucault, Spirituality, Sexuality, Heteronormative, Catholicism, Islam, Serpent, Juridco-discursive, Ritual, Secretive, Theory

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.143-148. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 502.210KB).

Brian Michael Padgett

Post Graduate Student, School of Communication, Arts, and Critical Enquiry, La Trobe University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

His Masters thesis focuses on the phenomenon of sexual commodification in penal institutions. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Brian earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of California in Los Angeles. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, international film, and gourmet cooking.

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