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Further, Father, Further!

David A. Bell: ‘The Wanton Jesuit’

17 November 2016
The Wanton Jesuit and the Wayward Saint: A Tale of Sex, Religion and Politics in 18th-Century France 
by Mita Choudhury.
Penn State, 234 pp., £43.95, December 2015, 978 0 271 07081 0
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... brought on by sexual trauma, or ‘hysterical mysticism’ induced by sexual abstinence. Mita Choudhury’s lucid new study offers a more cautious and better informed interpretation. Unlike most of her predecessors, including Michelet, she does not assume that the abuse actually occurred. At a remove of nearly three centuries, faced with wildly ...

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