The Queerness of Saints: Inflecting Devotion and Same-Sex Desire

  • Donald L. Boisvert
Part of the Genders and Sexualities in History book series (GSX)


The potential queerness of Christian devotion is the subject of Donald L. Boisvert’s contribution (‘The Queerness of Saints: Inflecting Devotion and Same-Sex Desire’). In the Roman Catholic context—and to a more limited extent in Anglicanism—saints and holy persons occupy a central place in devotional culture. He presents what he sees as this robust devotional culture as inviting not only expressions of deep fervour and piety but also manifestations of physical and erotic desire. The chapter discusses two examples of saintly figures drawn from examples from the author’s own life: St. Dominic Savio (1842–1857) and St. Peter Julian Eymard (1811–1868). They are presented and analysed as sites of queer rhetoric and performance.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Concordia UniversityMontrealCanada

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