Amy Hollywood

 Amy Hollywood
Address14 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 2138

Elizabeth H. Monrad Professor of Christian Studies, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University

A.B., Bryn Mawr College,
M.A., University of Chicago,
Ph.D., University of Chicago,

Amy Hollywood came to HDS in 2005 after teaching at Rhodes College, Dartmouth College, and the University of Chicago. She is a historian of Christian thought specializing in mysticism, with strong interests in feminist theory, queer theory, psychoanalysis, and continental philosophy. Her first book, The Soul as Virgin Wife: Mechthild of Magdeburg, Marguerite Porete, and Meister Eckhart (University of Notre Dame Press, 1995) received the International Congress of Medieval Studies’ Otto Grundler Prize for the best book in medieval studies. Her second book, Sensible Ecstasy: Mysticism, Sexual Difference, and the Demands of History (University of Chicago Press, 2002), deals with Georges Bataille, Simone de Beauvoir, Jacques Lacan, and Luce Irigaray and their fascination with excessive bodily and affective forms of Christian mysticism. Professor Hollywood is currently co-editing, with Patricia Beckman, the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to Christian Mysticism and completing a book of essays to be called “Acute Melancholia.” She is also the editor of the Gender, Theory, and Religions Series for Columbia University Press.

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