The Shame Framework: Queer Faith in Ana Castillo’s So Far from God
English Language and Literature
Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
Literature in English, North America, Ethnic and Cultural Minority
This work focuses on queer faith and how queer persons who have struggled with traditional values, public opinion, and lingering violence due to their sexuality, can reclaim their space and voices within religious communities. By redefining purity, exploring an alternative belief system though hybrid spirituality, and understanding the connection between pride and shame, queer persons can establish a dynamic framework, that allows for queer faith to be employed as a method of agency. This is analyzed through a literary perspective, focusing on the work of Ana Castillo’s novel, So Far From God.