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: Selected full-text books and articles

Mircea Eliade's Vision for a New Humanism By David Cave Oxford University Press, 1993
Images and Symbols: Studies in Religious Symbolism By Mircea Eliade; Philip Mairet Sheed Andrews and McMeel, 1961
The Myth of the Eternal Return By Mircea Eliade; Willard R. Trask Pantheon books, 1954
PRIMARY SOURCE
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An Analytical Philosophy of Religion By Willem F. Zuurdeeg Abingdon Press, 1958
Librarian's tip: includes "Mircea Eliade's Treatment of Myth"
Myth and Mythmaking By Henry A. Murray George Braziller, 1960
Librarian's tip: Chap. 3 "The Yearning for Paradise in Primitive Tradition" by Mircea Eliade
Sociology and Religion: A Collection of Readings By Andrew M. Greeley HarperCollins College Publishers, 1995
Librarian's tip: Reading 9 "Sacred Time" & Reading 10 "Sacred Place" by Mircea Eliade
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
Eight Theories of Religion By Daniel L. Pals Oxford University Press, 2006 (2nd edition)
South Asian Women in the Diaspora By 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"
Mircea Eliade and the Quest for Religious Meaning By Paraschivescu, Mihaela Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies, Vol. 9, No. 25, Spring 2010
PEER-REVIEWED PERIODICAL
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Mircea Eliade on Myth and Its Significance in Socio-Religious Culture from an "Antireductionist Orientation" By Bhattacharyya, Sanjukta International Journal on Humanistic Ideology, Vol. 4, No. 2, Autumn 2011
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The Mystery of Totality in Mircea Eliade's A Spiritual Adventure By Fomin, Ana-Maria Theory in Action, Vol. 6, No. 4, October 2013
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Between the Devil's Waters and the Fall into History or an Alternate Account of Mircea Eliade's Diopteries By Bordas, Liviu International Journal on Humanistic Ideology, Vol. 4, No. 2, Autumn 2011
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