This short week we sought to understand the myriad roles that bodies and embodiment play in the study of Latinas and Religion, and what are some critical terms and new methods to engage flesh, the body, sinfulness, and new readings of these matters. To that end, we dwelled on a theoretical journey on flesh, and not. Poetics of flesh.
Here are some questions to guide your reflection about this journey:
. How does flesh, as a sign conditioning identity, factor in the constitution and representation of religion?
. How does flesh relate to the body and embodiment, and vice versa, in the making or unmaking of religion? How can one see, experience, remember, flesh? Or bodies? Or a body?
. How does one factor devotion, subordination, and grace into these equations?
. How is it that Latina bodies can inspire, elicit, or provoke devotion and violence at once, and what role does religion play in such inspiration? What’s the Bible got to do with it?
. How does flesh constitute both a boundary and a gate to freedom? . How do colonialism and coloniality impact the understanding of flesh? How does the third space of the Caribbean help us understand flesh better?
. How does a music video like iLe’s Triángulo represent these questions differently, or not, from JLo’s On the Floor?
By Sunday at 5pm, please post your reflection on one or more of these questions, as it relates to both your reading of Rivera Rivera’s Poetics of the Flesh and our discussion in class.