Mircea Eliade

Mircea Eliade (mûr´shə ā´lē-äd´ə), 1907–86, American philosopher and historian of comparative religion, b. Bucharest. He studied Indian philosophy and Sanskrit at the Univ. of Calcutta (1928–31) and taught history of religion and metaphysics in Bucharest (1933–39). A diplomat during World War II, he taught at the Sorbonne (1946–48) and the Univ. of Chicago (1957–85). His work in the systematic study of religions was pioneering; much of his work concentrated on the nature of religious culture and of myths and mystical experiences. Eliade's analysis of rites of passage, rituals marking key transitional moments in the life cycle (e.g., birth, adult initiation, death), influenced many anthropologists. His often controversial books include scholarly works such as The Myth of the Eternal Return (1949), The Sacred and the Profane (1959), and A History of Religious Ideas (3 vol., 1978–85) and novels such as The Forbidden Forest (1955) and The Old Man and the Bureaucrats (1979). Eliade was also editor of the Encyclopedia of Religion (16 vol., 1986).

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Mircea Eliade's Vision for a New Humanism
David Cave.
Oxford University Press, 1993
Symbolism, the Sacred, and the Arts
Mircea Eliade; Diane Apostolos-Cappadona.
Crossroad, 1985
Images and Symbols: Studies in Religious Symbolism
Mircea Eliade; Philip Mairet.
Sheed Andrews and McMeel, 1961
The Myth of the Eternal Return
Mircea Eliade; Willard R. Trask.
Pantheon books, 1954
An Analytical Philosophy of Religion
Willem F. Zuurdeeg.
Abingdon Press, 1958
Librarian’s tip: includes "Mircea Eliade's Treatment of Myth"
Sociology and Religion: A Collection of Readings
Andrew M. Greeley.
HarperCollins College Publishers, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Reading 9 "Sacred Time" & Reading 10 "Sacred Place" by Mircea Eliade
Temporarily FREE! Eight Theories of Religion
Daniel L. Pals.
Oxford University Press, 2006 (2nd edition)
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "The Reality of the Sacred: Mircea Eliade"
Manufacturing Religion: The Discourse on Sui Generis Religion and the Politics of Nostalgia
Russell T. McCutcheon.
Oxford University Press, 1997
Religion after Religion: Gershom Scholem, Mircea Eliade, and Henry Corbin at Eranos
Steven M. Wasserstrom.
Princeton University Press, 1999
Myth and Mythmaking
Henry A. Murray.
George Braziller, 1960
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "The Yearning for Paradise in Primitive Tradition" by Mircea Eliade
South Asian Women in the Diaspora
Nirmal Puwar; Parvati Raghuram.
Berg, 2003
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "Romantic Transgressions in the Colonial Zone: Reading Mircea Eliade's Bengal Nights and Maitreyi Devi's It Does Not Die"
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