Modernism and Magic: Experiments with Spiritualism, Theosophy and the Occult

Modernism and Magic: Experiments with Spiritualism, Theosophy and the Occult

Modernism and Magic: Experiments with Spiritualism, Theosophy and the Occult

Modernism and Magic: Experiments with Spiritualism, Theosophy and the Occult

Synopsis

Critics have treated modernism's engagement with the occult as the result of a loss of faith in representation, an attempt to draw on science as the primary discourse of modernity, and as an attempt to extract meaning from a hidden history of ideas. Leigh Wilson argues that at the heart of all these discourses lies a magical practice remaking the relationship between representation and the world.

Excerpt

This series of monographs on selected topics in modernism is designed to reflect and extend the range of new work in modernist studies. the studies in the series aim for a breadth of scope and for an expanded sense of the canon of modernism, rather than focusing on individual authors. Literary texts will be considered in terms of contexts including recent cultural histories (modernism and magic; sonic modernity; media studies) and topics of theoretical interest (the everyday; postmodernism; the Frankfurt School); but the series will also re-consider more familiar routes into modernism (modernism and gender; sexuality; politics). the works published will be attentive to the various cultural, intellectual and historical contexts of British, American and European modernisms, and to inter-disciplinary possibilities within modernism, including performance and the visual and plastic arts.

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