Love and Anarchy in Romania: A Critical Review of Mircea Eliade’s Autobiography: Volume 1, 1907–1937

  • Ivan Strenski

Abstract

Eliade is a problem: to at least half of today’s historians of religion he embodies the discipline; to the other half he is anathema. I do not intend to review this debate here, nor to rehearse the themes of Eliade’s massive oeuvre. I will, however, point over my shoulder to the mixed legacy of theoretical debts and doubts Eliade’s work has inspired and try to bring them into relationship with the life-story Eliade tells in the Autobiography. This chapter, then, attempts to show how Eliade’s ‘life’ and ‘letters’ cohere and thus how in illuminating one we shed light on the other.

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Europe Amid Posit Defend Stake 

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© Ivan Strenski 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ivan Strenski
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA

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