© 2019 Zairong Xiang

Queer Ancient Ways

A Decolonial Exploration

Queer Ancient Ways advocates a profound unlearning of colonial/modern categories as a pathway to the discovery of new forms and theories of queerness in the most ancient of sources. In this unconventional work, Zairong Xiang investigates scholarly receptions of mythological figures in Babylonian and Nahua creation myths, exposing the ways they have consistently been gendered as feminine in a manner that is not supported, and in some cases actively discouraged, by the texts themselves. By contextualizing these figures in their respective mythological, linguistic and cultural environments, through a unique combination of methodologies and critical traditions in English, Spanish, French, Chinese and Nahuatl, Xiang departs from the over-reliance of much queer theory on European (post)modern thought. Much more than a queering of the non-Western and non-modern, Queer Ancient Ways thus constitutes a decolonial and transdisciplinary engagement with ancient cosmologies and ways of thought which are in the process themselves revealed as theoretical sources of and for the queer imagination.

2018 published by punctum books