Acute Melancholia and Other Essays

Mysticism, History, and the Study of Religion

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Amy Hollywood
Gender, Theory, and Religion
  • New York, NY: 
    Columbia University Press
    , March
     2016.
     416 pages.
     $35.00.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9780231156448.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

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Acute Melancholia and Other Essays deploys spirited and progressive approaches to the study of Christian mysticism and the philosophy of religion. Ideal for novices and experienced scholars alike, the volume 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 Jacques Derrida, Judith Butler, Talal Asad, and Dipesh Chakrabarty, this book redefines what it means to engage critically with history and those embedded within it.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Amy Hollywood is the Elizabeth H. Monrad Professor of Christian Studies at Harvard Divinity School. She is the author of Sensible Ecstasy: Mysticism, Sexual Difference, and the Demands of History and the award-winning The Soul as Virgin Wife: Mechthild of Magdeburg, Marguerite Porete, and Meister Eckhart. She is the coeditor, with Patricia Z. Beckman, of The Cambridge Companion to Christian Mysticism.

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