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

Amy Hollywood


This book 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, the author 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 is their attention to forms of mysticism associated with women. They regard mystics such as Angela of Foligno, Hadewijch, ... More

Keywords: mysticism, French intellectuals, women, escapism, subjectivity, sexual difference, language, representation, emotion, reason

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780226349510
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226349466.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amy Hollywood, author