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

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226349510
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Series: Religion and Postmodernism Series Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Georges Bataille, Mystique
Introduction: "The Philosopher - Sartre - And Me" 25
1 The Scandal of the Real 36
2 Mysticism, Trauma, and Catastrophe in Angela of Foligno's Book and Bataille's Atheological Summa 60
3 From Image to Text: Photography, Writing, and Communication 88
2 (En)Gendering Mysticism
Introduction: From Woundedness to Castration; Or, On the Gender of Mysticism 113
4 "Mysticism is tempting": Simone de Beauvoir on Mysticism, Metaphysics, and Sexual Difference 120
5 Jacques Lacan, Encore: Feminine Jouissance, the Real, and the Goal of Psychoanalysis 146
3 Feminism, Mysticism, and Belief
Introduction: Feminism and Psychoanalysis in France 173
6 From Lack to Fluidity: Luce Irigaray, La Mysterique 187
7 Sexual Difference and the Problem of Belief 211
8 Ventriloquizing Hysteria: Fetishism, Trauma, and Sexual Difference 236
Conclusion 274
Notes 279
Index 359
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