this looks great, I will certainly buy a copy.
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From: "Bernd-Christian Otto" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 12:56 PM
Subject: [ACADEMIC-STUDY-MAGIC] Defining magic
I would like to announce the publication of a volume which might be of
interest to some readers of this list, namely Michael Stausberg’s and my
Defining Magic: A Reader. It was just recently published in the series
"Critical Categories in the Study of Religion" at Equinox Publishing/Acumen.
Those of you who teach courses on magic might find the genre of a reader
particularly useful as it includes a range of important definitions and
theories all in one place. Apart from the usual suspects, i.e. excerpts of
classical authors (Tylor, Frazer, Mauss/Hubert, Durkheim, van der Leeuw,
Malinowski, Evans-Pritchard, Horton, Tambiah, Leach), we also included a
section covering pre-academic sources (from Plato to Blavatsky) and a
section with original texts by five contemporary authors (Greenwood,
Lehrich, Sørensen, Stratton, Styers). Have a look at the TOC:
All texts are seperately introduced for student readers. There is also an
introduction devoted to sorting out the definition riddle, and sectional
introductions which aim at embedding the selected sources in the wider
discourse of the respective time.
But now enough of advertising! Best wishes from
Bernd-Christian Otto & Michael Stausberg