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

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

by Amy Hollywood
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0226349519

ISBN-13: 9780226349510

Pub. Date: 01/28/2002

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

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

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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:
9780226349510
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Series:
Religion and Postmodernism Series Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
List of Abbreviationsxiii
Introduction1
1Georges Bataille, Mystique
Introduction: "the Philosopher--Sartre--and Me"25
1The Scandal of the Real36
2Mysticism, Trauma, and Catastrophe in Angela of Foligno's Book and Bataille's Atheological Summa60
3From Image to Text: Photography, Writing, and Communication88
2(En)gendering Mysticism
Introduction: from Woundedness to Castration; or, on the Gender of Mysticism113
4"Mysticism is tempting": Simone de Beauvoir on Mysticism, Metaphysics, and Sexual Difference120
5Jacques Lacan, Encore: Feminine Jouissance, the Real, and the Goal of Psychoanalysis146
3Feminism, Mysticism, and Belief
Introduction: Feminism and Psychoanalysis in France173
6From Lack to Fluidity: Luce Irigaray, La Mysterique187
7Sexual Difference and the Problem of Belief211
8Ventriloquizing Hysteria: Fetishism, Trauma, and Sexual Difference236
Conclusion274
Notes279
Index359

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