De/Constituting WholesTowards Partiality Without PartsVienna: Turia + Kant, 2017
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Cite as: Ruth Preser, ‘Things I Learned from the Book of Ruth: Diasporic Reading of Queer Conversions’, in De/Constituting Wholes: Towards Partiality Without Parts, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey and Manuele Gragnolati, Cultural Inquiry, 11 (Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2017), pp. 47–65 <>

Things I Learned from the Book of RuthDiasporic Reading of Queer ConversionsRuth PreserORCID

Keywords: Books mentioned in the bible; Old Testament; displacement; Loss; Jewish Diaspora; Homosexuality; Belonging (Social Psychology)



Employing Anzaldúa’s hom(e)ophobia and Avery Gordon’s modality of haunting, my proposed reading of the Book of Ruth aims to understand contemporary forms of dispossession and their impact, especially when they are supposedly over and done with, and when their oppressive nature is denied. Such denials are reflected in the Zionist discourse of the establishment of the state of Israel.


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