Kwok Pui-lan, Engendering Christ (audio recording)

Span Dates: 2001
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Volume: 1 audiocassette


In this video Kwok raises the question concerning the gender of Christ and challenges her hearers to rethink it from a postcolonial feminist perspective. Using the category of hybridity of postcolonial studies, she argues that the gender of Christ can take multiple meanings. This is illustrated from the feminist perspectives of Womanist, Jewish, Asian, Native American, and transgender sexuality. In conclusion, there is no one privileged understanding of Christianity, the notion of Christ is a hybridized version. This video of a 2001 presentation by Kwok Pui-lan at Vanderbilt University was sponsored by Vanderbilt's Divinity School, Office of Women's Concerns, Office of Black Seminarians, Vanderbilt Lectures Committee, Vanderbilt University Speakers Committee, Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center, Vanderbilt University Women's Studies Program, Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender, and Sexuality.

Hist/Bio Note

Kwok Pui Lan was born and educated in Hong Kong before obtaining a Th.D. from Harvard Divinity School in 1989. Her doctoral dissertation, "Chinese Women and Christianity," was the first of twenty books, including Postcolonial Imagination and Feminist Theology (2005). She has published in the disciplines of feminist theology, postcolonial theology and biblical hermeneutics from her personal perspective of an Asian woman. She taught from 1992 to 2017 at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, moving to the Candler School of Theolgy at Emory University in 2020. In 2011, Kwok was elected President of the American Academy of Religion. She received the 2021 Lambeth Award for her work in Asian Feminist and Post-Colonial Theology rooted in an Anglican ecclesiology. Biographical facts from Wikipedia.

Finding Aid

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The video is held in the archives of the Jean and Alexander Heard Library at Vanderbilt University.


Asian American | Feminism | Theology | Episcopal Church | Author/editor | Women and Religion