Hermeneutics, Politics, and the History of Religions: The Contested Legacies of Joachim Wach and Mircea Eliade

Hermeneutics, Politics, and the History of Religions: The Contested Legacies of Joachim Wach and Mircea Eliade

by Christian Wedemeyer, Wendy Doniger
     
 

ISBN-10: 019539433X

ISBN-13: 9780195394337

Pub. Date: 03/01/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This volume comprises papers presented at a conference marking the 50th anniversary of Joachim Wach's death, and the centennial of Mircea Eliade's birth. Its purpose is to reconsider both the problematic, separate legacies of these two major twentieth-century historians of religions, and the bearing of these two legacies upon each other. Shortly after Wach's death

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This volume comprises papers presented at a conference marking the 50th anniversary of Joachim Wach's death, and the centennial of Mircea Eliade's birth. Its purpose is to reconsider both the problematic, separate legacies of these two major twentieth-century historians of religions, and the bearing of these two legacies upon each other. Shortly after Wach's death in 1955, Eliade succeeded him as the premiere historian of religions at the University of Chicago. As a result, the two have been associated with each other in many people's minds as the successive leaders of the so-called "Chicago School" in the history of religions. In fact, as this volume makes clear, there never was a monolithic Chicago School. Although Wach reportedly referred to Eliade as the most astute historian of religions of the day; the two never met, and their approaches to the study of religions differed significantly. Several dominant issues run through the essays collected here: the relationship between the two men's writings and their lives, and in Eliade's case, the relationship between his political commitments and his writings in fiction, history of religions, and autobiography. Both men's contributions to the field continue to provoke controversy and debate, and this volume sheds new light on these controversies and what they reveal about these two 'scholars' legacies.

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ISBN-13:
9780195394337
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/01/2010
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction I: Two Scholars, a "School" and a Conference
Christian K. Wedemeyer
Introduction II: Life and Art, or Politics and Religion, in the Writings of Mircea Eliade
Wendy Doniger
Part One: Joachim Wach: Contexts, Categories, and Controversy
Hans G. Kippenberg-Joachim Wach between the George-Circle and Weber's Typology of Religious Communities
Steven M. Wasserstrom-The Master-Interpreter: Notes on the German Career of Joachim Wach (1922-1935)
Gregory D. Alles-After the Naming Explosion: Joachim Wach's Unfinished Project
Charles S. Preston-Wach, Radhakrishnan, and Relativism
Part Two: Mircea Eliade: Literature and Politics
Matei Calinescu-Eliade and Ionesco in the Post-World War II Years: Questions of Identity in Exile
Daniel Dubuisson-The Poetical and Rhetorical Structure of the Eliadean Text: A Contribution to Critical Theory and Discourses on Religions
Antoine Faivre-Modern Western Esoteric Currents in the Work of Mircea Eliade: The Extent and Limits of their Presence
Moshe Idel-The Camouflaged Sacred in Mircea Eliade's Self-Perception, Literature, and Scholarship
Bryan Rennie-The Influence of Eastern Orthodox Christian Theology on Mircea Eliade's Understanding of Religion
Jonathan Z. Smith-The Eternal Deferral
Part Three: Mircea Eliade: Politics and Literature
Florin Turcanu-South-East Europe and the Idea of the History of Religions in Mircea Eliade
Elaine Fisher-Fascist Scholars, Fascist Scholarship: The Quest for Ur-Fascism and the Study of Religion
Anne T. Mocko-Tracing the Red Thread: Anticommunist Themes in the Work of Mircea Eliade
Carlo Ginzburg-Mircea Eliade's Ambivalent Legacy
List of Contributors

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