[Parution] Nicolas Meylan – Mana: A History of a Western Category

Nicolas Meylan

Mana: A History of a Western Category

Brill, 2017

Résumé : In Mana: A History of a Western Category Nicolas Meylan proposes a critical account of Western imaginations of mana, a word belonging originally to Oceanic languages but borrowed by European languages in which it acquired the meaning ‘supernatural power.’
While mana is best known for its tenure in the disciplines studying religion, Nicolas Meylan situates such academic uses in a wider context, analyzing the ways Westerners conceptualized mana in the earlier colonial context as well as its mobilizations in the late 20th and early 21st centuries by (video)game designers and Neo-Pagan witches. This focus on various Western uses of mana allows for the critical investigation of the ways power has been mystified in conjunction with religion.

L’auteur : Nicolas Meylan, Ph.D. (2010), University of Chicago, is Senior Lecturer at the Universities of Lausanne and Geneva. He has published on Medieval Scandinavia and the history of the study of religion, including Magic and Kingship in Medieval Iceland (Brepols, 2014).

Site internet de l’éditeur : http://www.brill.com/products/book/mana-history-western-category

Laurent Di Filippo

MCF en SIC, docteur en SIC et études scandinaves. Membre du CREM. http://laurent.di-filippo.fr

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