Acute Melancholia and Other Essays

Author: Amy Hollywood
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231527439
Release Date: 2016-03-29
Genre: Religion

This book showcases the best in modern medieval and religious scholarship, deploying spirited and progressive approaches to the study of Christian mysticism and the philosophy of religion. The volume explores excessive forms of desire and eroticism at play within Christian mystical texts and the historiographical, theological, and philosophical problems bound up in the interrogation of extraordinary experiences of the divine. The author examines how feminist and queer studies have changed the history of mysticism and how the study of religion in general has altered our understanding of what is true, what is real, and what it means to research a historical subject. Ideal for novices and experienced scholars alike, this volume models cutting-edge methods for the ethical study of divine embodiment and religious experience in the Middle Ages. It makes a forceful case for thinking about religion as both belief and practice, in which traditions marked by change are passed down through generations, laying the groundwork for their own critique. Through a provocative integration of medieval sources and texts by Derrida, Butler, Asad, and Chakrabarty this book redefines what it means to engage critically with history and those embedded within it.

Bodily Citations

Author: Ellen Armour
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231508643
Release Date: 2006-12-05
Genre: Religion

In such works as Gender Trouble and Bodies That Matter Judith Butler broke new ground in understanding the construction and performance of identities. While Butler's writings have been crucial and often controversial in the development of feminist and queer theory, Bodily Citations is the first anthology centered on applying her theories to religion. In this collection scholars in anthropology, biblical studies, theology, ethics, and ritual studies use Butler's work to investigate a variety of topics in biblical, Islamic, Buddhist, and Christian traditions. The authors shed new light on Butler's ideas and highlight their ethical and political import. They also broaden the scope of religious studies as they bring it into conversation with feminist and queer theory. Subjects discussed include the woman's mosque movement in Cairo, the ordination of women in the Catholic Church, the possibility of queer ethics, religious ritual, and biblical constructions of sexuality. Contributors include: Karen Trimble Alliaume, Lewis University; Teresa Hornsby, Drury University; Amy Hollywood, Harvard Divinity School; Christina Hutchins, Pacific School of Religion; Saba Mahmood, University of California, Berkeley; Susanne Mrozik, Mount Holyoke College; Claudia Schippert, University of Central Florida; Rebecca Schneider, Brown University; Ken Stone, Chicago Theological Seminary

Sensible Ecstasy

Author: Amy Hollywood
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226349462
Release Date: 2010-01-15
Genre: Religion

Sensible Ecstasy investigates the attraction to excessive forms of 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.

Dangerous Mystic

Author: Joel F. Harrington
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101981566
Release Date: 2018-03-20
Genre:

Meister Eckhart was a medieval Christian mystic whose wisdom powerfully appeals to seekers seven centuries after his death. In the modern era, Eckhart's writings have struck a chord with thinkers as diverse as Heidegger, Merton, Sartre, John Paul II, and the current Dalai Lama. Dangerous Mystic grounds Meister Eckhart in a world that is simultaneously familiar and alien.

Promised Bodies

Author: Patricia Dailey
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231535526
Release Date: 2013-09-03
Genre: Literary Criticism

In Christianity, the body is a potentially transformative vehicle, and the writings of Hadewijch of Brabant, a thirteenth-century beguine, engage with this tradition in ways both singular to her mysticism and indicative of her theological milieu. This study links the embodied poetics of Hadewijch's visions and letters to the work of such mystics and visionaries as Julian of Norwich, Hildegard of Bingen, and Marguerite of Oingt. It introduces new criteria for re-assessing the style, language, interpretative practices, forms of literacy, and uses of textuality in women's mystical texts.

Feminist Philosophy of Religion

Author: Pamela Sue Anderson
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0415257506
Release Date: 2004-01
Genre: Religion

Feminist philosophy of religion has developed in recent years because of the exposure of explicit sexism in much traditional philosophical thinking about religion. The struggle with a discipline shaped almost exclusively by men has led feminist philosophers to redress the problematic biases of gender, race, class and sexual orientation in the traditional subject. Feminist Philosophy of Religion: Critical Readings brings together key new writings in this growing field. Part one of the reader explores important approaches to the feminist philosophy of religion, including psychoanalytic, poststructualist, postmetaphysical and epistemological frameworks. In part two, the contributors survey significant topics including questions of divinity, embodiment, spirituality and religious practice. Supported by explanatory prefaces and an extensive bibliography, Feminist Philosophy of Religion: Critical Readings is an important resource for this new area of study.

Jesus as Mother

Author: Caroline Walker Bynum
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520052226
Release Date: 1984-01-01
Genre: Religion


God and Difference

Author: Linn Marie Tonstad
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317383635
Release Date: 2015-10-05
Genre: Religion

God and Difference interlaces Christian theology with queer and feminist theory for both critical and constructive ends. Linn Marie Tonstad uses queer theory to show certain failures of Christian thinking about God, gender, and sexuality. She employs queer theory to dissect trinitarian discourse and the resonances found in contemporary Christian thought between sexual difference and difference within the trinity. Tonstad critiques a broad swath of prominent Christian theologians who either use queer theory in their work or affirm the validity of same-sex relationships, arguing that their work inadvertently promotes gendered hierarchy. This volume contributes to central debates in Christianity over divine and human personhood, gendered relationality, and the trinity, and provides original accounts of God, sexual difference, and Christian community that are both theologically rich and thoroughly queer.

Coloniality of Diasporas

Author: Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137413079
Release Date: 2014-07-24
Genre: Literary Criticism

Focusing on piracy in the seventeenth century, filibustering in the nineteenth century, intracolonial migrations in the 1930s, metropolitan racializations in the 1950s and 1960s, and feminist redefinitions of creolization and sexile from the 1940s to the 1990s, this book redefines the Caribbean beyond the postcolonial debate.

History and Presence

Author: Robert A. Orsi
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674969070
Release Date: 2016-03-29
Genre: Religion

The unseeing of the gods was a requirement of Western modernity. Beginning with sixteenth-century debates over Christ’s real presence in the host, Robert Orsi imagines an alternative. He urges us to withhold from absence the prestige modernity encourages and instead to approach contemporary religion and history with the gods fully present.

Fragmentation and Redemption

Author: Caroline Walker Bynum
Publisher: Zone Books (NY)
ISBN: UOM:39015046343219
Release Date: 1991
Genre: Social Science

Arguing that historians must write in a comic mode, aware of history's artifice,risks, and incompletion, Caroline Walker Bynum here examines diverse medieval texts to show howwomen were able to appropriate dominant social symbols in ways that allowed for the emergence oftheir own creative voices. By arguing for the positive importance attributed to the body, theseessays give a new interpretation of gender in medieval texts and of the role of asceticism andmysticism in Christianity.Caroline Walker Bynum, a MacArthur Fellow and winner of the Schaff Prizefor Church history for her Holy Feast and Holy Fast, is Professor of History at ColumbiaUniversity.

The Soul as Virgin Wife

Author: Amy M. Hollywood
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
ISBN: UOM:39076001672620
Release Date: 1995
Genre: Religion


The Cambridge Companion to Christian Mysticism

Author: Amy Hollywood
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521863650
Release Date: 2012-09-17
Genre: Literary Criticism

The Cambridge Companion to Christian Mysticism is a multi-authored interdisciplinary guide to the study of Christian mysticism, with an emphasis on the 3rd through the 17th centuries. Written by leading authorities and younger scholars from a range of disciplines, the volume both provides a clear introduction to the Christian mystical life and articulates a bold new approach to the study of mysticism.

Mysticism

Author: Jess Hollenback
Publisher: Penn State Press
ISBN: 9780271044446
Release Date: 1996-11-01
Genre: Religion

This sweeping study of mysticism by Jess Hollenback considers the writings and experiences of a broad range of traditional religious mystics, including Teresa of Avila, Black Elk, and Gopi Krishna. It also makes use of a new category of sources that more traditional scholars have almost entirely ignored, namely, the autobiographies and writings of contemporary clairvoyants, mediums, and out-of-body travelers. This study contributes to the current debate about the contextuality of mysticism by presenting evidence that not only are the mystic's interpretations of and responses to experiences culturally and historically conditioned, but historical context and cultural environment decisively shape both the perceptual and affective content of the mystic's experience as well. Hollenback also explores the linkage between the mystic's practice of recollection and the onset of other unusual or supernormal manifestations such as photisms, the ability to see auras, telepathic sensitivity, clairvoyance, and out-of-body experiences. He demonstrates that these extraordinary phenomena can actually deepen our understanding of mysticism in unexpected ways. A unique feature of this book is its in-depth analysis of &"empowerment,&" an important phenomenon ignored by most scholars of mysticism. Empowerment is a peculiar enhancement of the imagination, thoughts, and desires that frequently accompanies mystical states of consciousness. Hollenback shows its cross-cultural persistence, its role in constructing the perceptual and existential environments within which the mystic dwells, and its linkage to the fundamental contextuality of mystical experience.

Poetic Relations

Author: Constance M. Furey
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226434155
Release Date: 2017-06-05
Genre: History

Introduction -- Authorship -- Friendship -- Love -- Marriage -- Coda