×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Sensible Ecstasy: Mysticism, Sexual Difference, and the Demands of History
     

Sensible Ecstasy: Mysticism, Sexual Difference, and the Demands of History

by Amy Hollywood
 
Religion and Postmodernism, a series edited by Mark C. Taylor Sensible Ecstasy investigates the attraction to excessive forms of Christian mysticism among twentieth-century French intellectuals and demonstrates the work that the figure of the mystic does for these thinkers. With special attention to Georges Bataille, Simone de Beauvoir, Jacques Lacan, and Luce

Overview

Religion and Postmodernism, a series edited by Mark C. Taylor Sensible Ecstasy investigates the attraction to excessive forms of Christian mysticism among twentieth-century French intellectuals and demonstrates the work that the figure of the mystic does for these thinkers. With special attention to Georges Bataille, Simone de Beauvoir, Jacques Lacan, and Luce Irigaray, Amy Hollywood asks why resolutely secular, even anti-Christian intellectuals are drawn to affective, bodily, and widely denigrated forms of mysticism.

What is particular to these thinkers, Hollywood reveals, is their attention to forms of mysticism associated with women. They regard mystics such as Angela of Foligno, Hadewijch, and Teresa of Avila not as emotionally excessive or escapist, but as unique in their ability to think outside of the restrictive oppositions that continue to afflict our understanding of subjectivity, the body, and sexual difference. Mystics such as these, like their twentieth-century descendants, bridge the gaps between action and contemplation, emotion and reason, and body and soul, offering new ways of thinking about language and the limits of representation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226349527
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Series:
Religion and Postmodernism Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
978,330
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Amy Hollywood is an associate professor of religion at Dartmouth College. She is the author of The Soul as Virgin Wife: Mechthild of Magdeburg, Marguerite Porete, and Meister Eckhart.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews