Women Writers and the Occult in Literature and Culture: by Miriam Wallraven

By Miriam Wallraven

Examining the intersection of occult spirituality, textual content, and gender, this booklet offers a compelling research of the occult revival in literature from the Eighties throughout the process the 20th century. Bestselling novels reminiscent of The Da Vinci Code play with magic and the fascination of hidden wisdom, whereas occult and esoteric topics became very seen in literature through the 20th century. This learn analyses literature by means of ladies occultists resembling Alice Bailey, Dion Fortune, and Starhawk, and revisits texts with occult motifs through canonical authors comparable to Sylvia Townsend Warner, Leonora Carrington, and Angela Carter. This fabric, which hasn't ever been analysed in a literary context, covers influential pursuits akin to Theosophy, Spiritualism, Golden sunrise, Wicca, and Goddess spirituality. Wallraven engages with the query of ways literature services because the medium for developing occult worlds and strong identities, rather the feminine Lucifer, witch, priestess, and Goddess. in keeping with the idea that of old knowledge, the occult in literature additionally comprises topical discourses of the 20th century, together with psychoanalysis, feminism, pacifism, and ecology. consequently, as an ever-evolving discursive universe, it provides possible choices to non secular fact claims that frequently result in numerous kinds of fundamentalism that we come upon at the present time. This ebook bargains a ground-breaking method of analyzing the varieties and capabilities of occult texts for students and scholars of literary and cultural reports, spiritual stories, sociology, and gender studies.

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