Routledge Publishes The Occult Imagination in Britain, 1875-1947

Last month Routledge Published the The Occult Imagination in Britain, 1875-1947 anthology, edited by Christine Ferguson and Andrew Radford. The publisher’s description states:

“Between 1875 and 1947, a period bookended, respectively, by the founding of the Theosophical Society and the death of notorious occultist celebrity Aleister Crowley, Britain experienced an unparalleled efflorescence of engagement with unusual occult schema and supernatural phenomena such as astral travel, ritual magic, and reincarnationism. Reflecting the signal array of responses by authors, artists, actors, impresarios and popular entertainers to questions of esoteric spirituality and belief, this interdisciplinary collection demonstrates the enormous interest in the occult during a time typically associated with the rise of secularization and scientific innovation. The contributors describe how the occult realm functions as a turbulent conceptual and affective space, shifting between poles of faith and doubt, the sacrosanct and the profane, the endemic and the exotic, the forensic and the fetishistic. Here, occultism emerges as a practice and epistemology that decisively shapes the literary enterprises of writers such as Dion Fortune and Arthur Machen, artists such as Pamela Colman Smith, and revivalists such as Rolf Gardiner.”

The chapters include (please note Chapter 9… “9”! like the Beatles’ song WHOA!):

Occulture Beyond the Metropole

Chapter 1: Michael Shaw, “Theosophy in Scotland: Oriental Occultism and National Identity”

Chapter 2: Nick Daly, “The Everyday Occult on Stage: The Play of Lord Dunsany”

Chapter 3: Clare Button, ” ‘A very perfect form of discipline’: Rolf Gardiner, folk dance and occult landscapes”

Occulting the Public Sphere

Chapter 4: Jake Poller, ” ‘Under a Glamour’: Annie Besant, Charles Leadbeater and Neo-Theosophy”

Chapter 5: Nick Freeman, “The Black Magic Bogeyman 1908-1935”

Chapter 6: Elsa Richardson, “Stemming the Black Tide of Mud: Psychoanalysis and the Occult Periodical, 1910-1924”

Women’s Occulture

Chapter 7: Caroline Tully, “Egyptosophy in the British Museum: Florence Farr, the Egyptian Adept and the Ka”

Chapter 8: Dennis Denisoff, “Occult Synaesthetics and Pamela Colman Smith’s The Green Sheaf

Chapter 9: Andrew Radford, “Anxieties of Mystic Influence: Dion Fortune’s The Winged Bull and Aleister Crowley”

Art, Fiction and Occult Intermediation

Chapter 10: Aren Roukema, “Naturalists in Ghost Land: Victorian Occultism and Science Fiction”

Chapter 11: Massimo Introvigne, “Painting the Masters in Britain: From Schmiechen to Scott”

Chapter 12: Steven Sutcliffe, ” ‘Beating on Your Heart’: The Novels of David Lindsay and the Cultic Milieu in the 1920s”

Order your copy here!

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