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Author Gibbons, B. J.,
Title Gender in mystical and occult thought : Behmenism and its development in England / B.J. Gibbons.
Imprint New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Author Gibbons, B. J.,
Series Cambridge studies in early modern British history
Cambridge studies in early modern British history.
Subject Bohme, Jakob, 1575-1624 -- Influence.
Sex -- Religious aspects -- Christianity -- History of doctrines.
Sex role -- Religious aspects -- Christianity -- History of doctrines.
Occultism -- England -- History.
Mysticism -- England -- History.
England -- Church history -- 17th century.
England -- Church history -- 18th century.
Religion and Sex -- history
Mysticism -- history.
Occultism -- history.
Description 1 online resource (xi, 247 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-242) and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. Gender, sexuality and power in early modern England -- 3. Gender in mystical and occult thought -- 4. Gender in the works of Jacob Boehme -- 5. The reception of Behmenism in England -- 6. Behmenism and the Interregnum spiritualists -- 7. The female embassy -- 8. Conservative Behmenism -- 9. Wider Behmenist influences in the eighteenth century -- 10. Conclusion.
Summary This is the first comprehensive account of the development of the ideas on gender of Jacob Boehme (1575-1624) among his English followers, tracing the changes in gender and sexuality in such esoteric traditions as alchemy, hermeticism and the Cabala. The book argues that Behmenist thought in these areas is a neglected aspect of the revision in the moral status of women during the early modern period, contributing significantly to the rise of the Romantic notion of womanhood and 'Victorian' sexual ideology. It deals with English Behmenism from its reception during the Interregnum through to its impact upon William Blake and the Swedenborgians in the eighteenth century. The book also challenges strongly received opinions on the relationship of Behmenism to the English radical tradition.
ISBN 0585033730 (electronic bk.)
9780585033730 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 42854522
Additional Format Print version: Gibbons, B.J. Gender in mystical and occult thought. New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996 0521480787 (DLC) 95010666 (OCoLC)32272384

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