Publications

2017
Online symposium held by Syndicate on Poetics of the Flesh. Syndicate [Internet]. 2017. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Mayra Rivera's most recent book, Poetics of the Flesh (2015),  explores the connections between theological, philosophical, and political metaphors of body and flesh. An online symposium held by Syndicate on Poetics of the Flesh, can be accessed here.
2015
Poetics of the Flesh
Poetics of the Flesh. Duke University Press; 2015. Publisher's VersionAbstract

In Poetics of the Flesh Mayra Rivera offers poetic reflections on how we understand our carnal relationship to the world, at once spiritual, organic, and social. She connects conversations about corporeality in theology, political theory, and continental philosophy to show the relationship between the ways ancient Christian thinkers and modern Western philosophers conceive of the "body" and "flesh.” Her readings of the biblical writings of John and Paul as well as the work of Tertullian illustrate how Christian ideas of flesh influenced the works of Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Michel Foucault, and inform her readings of Judith Butler, Franz Fanon, and others. Rivera also furthers developments in new materialism by exploring the intersections between bodies, material elements, social arrangements, and discourses through body and flesh. By painting a complex picture of bodies, and by developing an account of how the social materializes in flesh, Rivera provides a new way to understand gender and race.

Introduction: Both Flesh and Not
2014
A Labyrinth of Incarnations: The Social Materiality of Bodies. Journal of the European Society of Women in Theological Research [Internet]. 2014;22. Publisher's Version A Labyrinth of Incarnations
2013
Rivera M. "Carnal Corporeality: Tensions in Continental and Caribbean Thought". Concordia: International Journal of Philosophy . 2013;63 :83-96. Download
Rivera M. "Flesh of the World: Corporeality in Relation". Concilium. 2013;2. Download in Portugese Download in German
2012
Rivera M. “Ränder und die sich verändernde Spatialität von Macht. Einführende Notizen”. Interkulturelle Theologie . 2012;1-2 :90-109. Download
2011
Rivera M. “Thinking Bodies: The Spirit of a Latina Incarnational Imagination”. In: Decolonizing Epistemologies: Latina/o Theology and Philosophy. Edited by Ada María Isasi Díaz and Eduardo Mendieta. New York: Fordham University Press ; 2011. pp. 207-225. Download
2010
Planetary Loves: Spivak, Postcoloniality, and Theology
Moore SD, Rivera M ed. Planetary Loves: Spivak, Postcoloniality, and Theology. Fordham Scholarship Online; 2010.Abstract

Postcolonial theology has recently emerged as a site of intense intellectual and political energy and has taken its place in the interdisciplinary field of postcolonial studies. This book is animated by the conviction that postcolonial theology is now ready for a second, deeper phase of engagement with postcolonial theory, one that moves beyond the general to the specific. No critic has been more emblematic of the challenging and contested field of postcolonial theory than Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. In this volume, the product of a theological colloquium in which Spivak herself participated, theologians and biblical scholars engage with her thought in order to catalyze a diverse range of original theological and exegetical projects. The book opens with a topography of postcolonial theology and also includes other valuable introductory chapters. At the center of the collection are transcriptions of two extended public dialogues with Spivak on theology and religion in general. A further dozen chapters appropriate Spivak's work for theological and ethical reflection.

Rivera M. “Corporeal Visions and Apparitions: The Narrative Strategies of an Indecent Theologian” . In: Dancing Theology in Fetish Boots: Essays in Honour of Marcella Althaus-Reid. Edited by Lisa Isherwood and Mark D. Jordan. London: SCM ; 2010. pp. 79-94. Download
Rivera M. “Unsettling Bodies” . Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. 2010;26 (2) :119-123. Download
“Ghostly Encounters: Spirits, Memory, and the Holy Ghost”. In: Planetary Loves: Spivak, Postcoloniality, and Theology. Edited by Stephen Moore and Mayra Rivera. New York: Fordham University Press ; 2010. pp. 3-14. Download
Rivera M. “Glory: The First Passion of Theology?”. In: Polydoxy: Theologies of the Manifold. Edited by Catherine Keller and Laurel Schneider. Routledge: New York ; 2010. pp. 167-181. Download
2009
“Incarnate Words: Images of God and Reading Practices”. In: They Were All Together in One Place? Toward Minority Biblical Criticism. Edited by Randall C. Bailey, Benny Tat-siong Liew, and Fernando F. Segovia. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature ; 2009. pp. 314-329. Download
Rivera M. “God and Difference”. In: Building Bridges and Doing Justice: Constructing a Latino/a Ecumenical Theology. Edited by Orlando Espín. New York: Orbis Books ; 2009. pp. 29-44.
Rivera M. “Memory of the Flesh: Theological Reflections on Word and Flesh”. In: Creating Ourselves: African Americans and Hispanic Americans, Popular Culture, and Religious Expression. Edited by Anthony Pinn and Benjamín Valentín. Durham and London: Duke University ; 2009. pp. 70-89. Download
Rivera M. “Elemental Bonds: Scene for an Earthy Postcolonial Theology”. In: Postcolonial Interventions: Essays in Honor of R. S. Sugirtharajah. Edited by Tat-siong Benny Liew. Sheffield, UK: Sheffield Phoenix Press ; 2009. pp. 347-360. Download
2008
Rivera M. “Margins and the Changing Spatiality of Power: Preliminary Notes” . In: Still at the Margins: Biblical Scholarship Fifteen Years after Voices from the Margin. Edited by R.S. Sugirtharajah. New York: T&T Clark ; 2008. pp. 114-127. Download
2007
The Touch of Transcendence: A Postcolonial Theology of God
Rivera M. The Touch of Transcendence: A Postcolonial Theology of God. Westminster John Knox Press; 2007 pp. 186.Abstract

How far away is God? How different is God from human beings? This is the theological question of transcendence, and theology has long struggled to find answers that affirm a human relationship with God. In this provocative new work, Mayra Rivera's answer is that God is not within human grasp but is always within human touch. With a strikingly relevant concept of God as transcendent within--transcendence different from the ideas of God as far away, as outside human life and experience, or as above the human plane of existence--Rivera concentrates on transcendence as a relationship and uses it to describe how humans can touch God. In doing so, she engages a number of theological movements, including liberation theology, Radical Orthodoxy, feminism, and postcolonialism.

Rivera M. “God op het kruispunt”. In: Vreemde Aanrakingen: De kratch van het vreemde in religie, kunst en literatuur. Edited by Inez Van der Spek. Belgium: DSTS ; 2007. pp. 167-182. Download
2006
Rivera M. “Radical Transcendence? A Latina Postcolonial Reading of Divine Otherness”. In: Interpreting the Postmodern: Responses to ‘Radical Orthodoxy’. ’ Edited by Rosemary Radford Ruether and Marion Grau. New York and London: T&T Clark ; 2006. pp. 119-138. Download

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