Gender in Mystical and Occult Thought: Behmenism and its Development in England

Gender in Mystical and Occult Thought: Behmenism and its Development in England

by Brian J. Gibbons, B. J. Gibbons
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521480787

ISBN-13: 9780521480789

Pub. Date: 09/28/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is the first comprehensive account of the development of the ideas on gender of Jacob Boehme (1575-1624) among his English followers. It traces the changes in thought on gender and sexuality in such esoteric traditions as alchemy, Hermeticism and the Cabala. The book argues that Behmenist thought in these areas is a neglected aspect of the revision in the

Overview

This is the first comprehensive account of the development of the ideas on gender of Jacob Boehme (1575-1624) among his English followers. It traces the changes in thought on gender and sexuality in such esoteric traditions as alchemy, Hermeticism and the Cabala. The book argues that Behmenist thought in these areas is a neglected aspect of the revision in the moral status of women during the early modern period, contributing significantly to the rise of the Romantic notion of womanhood and "Victorian" sexual ideology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521480789
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2009
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History Series
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Gender, sexuality and power in early modern England; 3. Gender in mystical and occult thought; 4. Gender in the works of Jacob Boehme; 5. The reception of Behmenism in England; 6. Behmenism and the Interregnum spiritualists; 7. The female embassy; 8. Conservative Behmenism; 9. Wider Behmenist influences in the eighteenth century; Conclusion.

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