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Seducing Augustine: Bodies, Desires, Confessions Paperback – April 27, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0823231942 ISBN-10: 0823231941 Edition: 1st
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A study of the Confessions that explores themes of secrecy and confession, eroticism, constraint and freedom, and time and eternity.


This book will work its charms on those on intimate terms with Augustine and those who (accidentally or deliberately) have kept their distance. The writing is beautiful, sharp, astute. The authorial trinity brings together some of the most accomplished voices in their respective disciplines in powerful counterpoint. -Yvonne Sherwood


Both seduced by Augustine's text and seducing it in return, as they themselves confess, the authors offer a provocative and enticingly fresh guide through Augustine's Confessions. Compelling and compellingly varied, their readings highlight the excess, paradox, and performative quality that mark the complex eroticism of Augustine's great work. This volume is a deeply insightful set of studies, well-theorized and thoroughly interdisciplinary.-Patricia Cox Miller


"Seducing Augustine is an intriguing, multidisciplinary reflection focused on a single passage in Augustine's Confessions . . . Recommended."-Choice


This book will work its charms on those on intimate terms with Augustine and those who (accidentally or deliberately) have kept their distance. The writing is beautiful, sharp, astute. The authorial trinity brings together some of the most accomplished voices in their respective disciplines in powerful counterpoint. -Yvonne Sherwood


Both seduced by Augustine's text and seducing it in return, as they themselves confess, the authors offer a provocative and enticingly fresh guide through Augustine's Confessions. Compelling and compellingly varied, their readings highlight the excess, paradox, and performative quality that mark the complex eroticism of Augustine's great work. This volume is a deeply insightful set of studies, well-theorized and thoroughly interdisciplinary.-Patricia Cox Miller


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Virginia Burrus is Professor of Early Church History at Drew University Theological School. Her books include Toward a Theology of Eros: Transfiguring Passion at the Limits of Discipline (Fordham; co-edited with Catherine Keller).

Mark D. Jordan is R. R. Niebuhr Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School. The most recent of his books is Blessing Same-Sex Unions: The Perils of Queer Romance and the Confusions of Christian Marriage. Karmen MacKendrick is Joseph C. Georg Professor in the Philosophy Department at Le Moyne College. Her most recent book is Fragmentation and Memory (Fordham).
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