Journals Higher Education



Published: 27 April 2010

176 Pages

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9780823231935

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Bookseller Code (06)


Seducing Augustine

Bodies, Desires, Confessions

Virginia Burrus, Mark D. Jordan, and Karmen MacKendrick

A Fordham University Press Publication

Augustine's Confessions is a text that seduces. But how often do its readers respond in kind? Here three scholars who share a longstanding fascination with sexuality and Christian discourse attempt to do just that. Where prior interpreters have been inclined either to defend or to criticize Augustine's views, Virginia Burrus, Mark Jordan, and Karmen MacKendrick set out both to seduce and to be seduced by his text.Often ambivalent but always passionately engaged, their readings of the Confessions center on four sets of intertwined themes-secrecy and confession, asceticism and eroticism, constraint and freedom, and time and eternity.


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