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dc.contributor.authorMiddleton, Paul*
dc.date.accessioned2019-01-24T16:52:39Z
dc.date.available2019-01-24T16:52:39Z
dc.date.issued2019
dc.identifier.citationMiddleotn, P. (2019-in press). The Scarecrow Christ: The Murder of Matthew Shepard and the Making of an American Culture Wars Martyr. can Henten, J. W. & Saloul, I. (eds), Canonization and Cross-Cultural Martyrdoms. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.en_US
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dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/621805
dc.description.abstractIn this essay, I examine the popular martyr-making process in respect of Matthew Shepard, arguing that both the making of the martyr and the reaction it provoked reflects American ‘culture wars’. Martyrology is conflict literature. However, as I have argued before, the most significant conflict in a martyrdom story is not necessarily between the martyr and the agents of execution, but the story-tellers and their opponents.9 Yet, martyrological narratives are difficult to control, as I will demonstrate from the contested nature of Shepard’s secular canonisation process. For at least some in the LGBT community, the dominant hagiography of Matthew Shepard, the gay martyr, is seen as unhelpful. Ironically, both LGBT activists and right-wing religious groups have in some ways sought to undermine Shepard’s martyr status, by focusing on his life rather than his death. Nonetheless, I argue, such efforts continue to have limited effect because in martyrologies any interest in the lives of their heroes is incidental, merely setting the scene for a significant death.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherAmsterdam University Pressen_US
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en_US
dc.subjectMartyrdomen_US
dc.subjectLGBTIen_US
dc.subjectCulture Warsen_US
dc.titleThe Scarecrow Christ: The Murder of Matthew Shepard and the Making of an American Culture Wars Martyren_US
dc.typeBook chapteren_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren_US
dc.date.accepted2018
or.grant.openaccessYesen_US
rioxxterms.funderunfundeden_US
rioxxterms.identifier.projectunfundeden_US
rioxxterms.versionAMen_US
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2219-12-31


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