Acute Melancholia and Other Essays: Mysticism, History, and the Study of Religion (Gender, Theory, and Religion)

Acute Melancholia and Other Essays: Mysticism, History, and the Study of Religion (Gender, Theory, and Religion)

By: Amy Hollywood (author)Paperback

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Acute Melancholia and Other Essays deploys spirited and progressive approaches to the study of Christian mysticism and the philosophy of religion. Ideal for novices and experienced scholars alike, the volume makes a forceful case for thinking about religion as both belief and practice, in which traditions marked by change are passed down through generations, laying the groundwork for their own critique. Through a provocative integration of medieval sources and texts by Jacques Derrida, Judith Butler, Talal Asad, and Dipesh Chakrabarty, this book redefines what it means to engage critically with history and those embedded within it.

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Amy Hollywood is the Elizabeth H. Monrad Professor of Christian Studies at Harvard Divinity School. She is the author of Sensible Ecstasy: Mysticism, Sexual Difference, and the Demands of History and the award-winning The Soul as Virgin Wife: Mechthild of Magdeburg, Marguerite Porete, and Meister Eckhart. She is the coeditor, with Patricia Z. Beckman, of The Cambridge Companion to Christian Mysticism.


List of IllustrationsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: A TriptychPart I1. Acute MelancholiaPart II. History2. Feminist Studies in Christian Spirituality 3. On Gender, Agency, and the Divine in Religious Historiography4. Reading as Self-Annihilation: On Marguerite Porete's Mirror of Simple SoulsPart III. Sexuality5. Sexual Desire, Divine Desire; Or, Queering the Beguines6. The Normal, the Queer, and the Middle Ages7. "That Glorious Slit": Irigaray and the Medieval Devotion to Christ's Side WoundPart IV. Practice8. Inside Out: Beatrice of Nazareth and Her Hagiographer9. Performativity, Citationality, Ritualization 10. Practice, Belief, and Feminist Philosophy of ReligionPart V11. Love of Neighbor and Love of God: Martha and Mary in the Christian Middle AgesNotesSourcesIndex

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  • publication date: 18/03/2016
  • ISBN13: 9780231156448
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 416
  • ID: 9780231156448
  • weight: 454
  • ISBN10: 0231156448

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