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Published: 03 April 2014

312 Pages | 2 b/w illustrations

ISBN: 9780823257348

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The Babylon Complex

Theopolitical Fantasies of War, Sex, and Sovereignty

Erin Runions

A Fordham University Press Publication

  • This book gives some of the cultural and religious studies background to the wars in Iraq, through the figure of Babylon in Western fantasy.
  • The author analyzes how this composite biblical figure is mobilized to contend with anxieties in the U.S. around the loss of political sovereignty in the process of economic globalization.
  • She is especially alert to its gendered overtones, to the terror of sexuality that accompanied the war on terror.