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Esotericism, Art, and Imagination

Esotericism, Art, and Imagination (New)

by Versluis, Arthur (ed)

Publisher: Michigan State University Press

Binding: Paperback

Book ID: 9780870138195, 0870138197


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Esotericism, Art, and Imagination is a uniquely wide-ranging collection of articles by scholars in the field of Western esotericism, focusing on themes of poetry, drama, film, literature, and art. Included here are articles illuminating such diverse topics as the Gnostic fiction of Philip Pullman, alchemical images, the Tarot, surrealism, esoteric films, and much more. This collection reveals the richness and complexity of the intersections between esotericism, artistic creators, and their works. Authors include Joscelyn Godwin, Cathy Gutierrez, M. E. Warlick, Eric Wilson, and many others.


  • Introduction, Part I, John Richards
  • Introduction, Part II, Arthur Versluis
  • Theater and Initiation: Euripides’s Bacchae, Melinda Weinstein
  • Esoteric Cinema, Eric Wilson
  • Hex and the City: Texts for Occult Performance in Late Capitalism, Lance Gharavi
  • Philosophic Mercury: Evolution of the Alchemical Feminine, M. E. Warlick
  • Le Jeu de Marseille: The Breton Tarot as Jeu de Hasard, Giovanna Costantini
  • The Esoteric Art of Cecil Collins, Arthur Versluis
  • William Blake, George Cumberland, and the Visionary Art of Exotic Erotica, Marsha Keith Schuchard
  • Vladimir Solovyov’s Poems of Wisdom, Mystery, and Love, George M. Young
  • Mirror, Mask and Anti-self: Forces of Literary Creation in Dion Fortune and W. B. Yeats, Claire Fanger
  • Esotericism without Religion: Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials, Joscelyn Godwin
  • "Knowing In Terms of Togetherness": D. H. Lawrence and Esotericism, Glenn Alexander Magee
  • Faux Catholic: The History of a Gothic Subgenre from Monk Lewis to Dan Brown, Victoria Nelson
  • Dark Materials - The Chemical Wedding of Photography and the Esoteric, Chris Webster
  • A Mirror with a Memory: Spirit Photography and the Future of Ghosts, Cathy Gutierrez
  • Enlightenment and Freemasonry in Eighteenth-century Venice: The Hermeticism of Querini's Garden at Altichiero, Patrizia Granziera
  • Advent Garden and the Waldorf Imagination: Esotericism, Ritual, and Childhood, Sarah W. Whedon

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