Book Series

Esotericism, Art, and Imagination

Edited by Arthur Versluis, Lee Irwin, John Richards, and Melinda Weinstein

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.

CONTENTS
• Introduction, Part I, John Richards
• Introduction, Part II, Arthur Versluis
ESOTERIC THEATERS
• 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
ESOTERIC PAINTING
• 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
ESOTERIC POETRY
• 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
ESOTERIC FICTION
• 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
ESOTERIC PHOTOGRAPHY
• 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
ESOTERIC GARDENS
• 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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Esotericism, Religion, and Nature

Edited by Arthur Versluis, Claire Fanger, Lee Irwin, and Melinda Phillips

In this groundbreaking collection, leading scholars in this emerging field explore how nature can be understood in a wide range of esoteric religious contexts. Included here are articles on subjects ranging from alchemy and panpsychism to music, Appalachian folk magic, and new religions. Esotericism, Religion, and Nature illuminates the way that nature is understood by major esoteric figures and traditions. Taken together, these articles shed new light on the connections between humanity, nature, and religion. Authors include Joscelyn Godwin, Wouter Hanegraaff, Lee Irwin, Richard Smoley, Arthur Versluis, M. E. Warlick, and many others. The second in a series of volumes on Western esotericism, this book emerged from international academic conferences held by the Association for the Study of Esotericism.

CONTENTS
• Introduction, Arthur Versluis and Lee Irwin
CONSTRUCTING NATURAL SCIENCE
• Examining the Biases of Ancient Alchemists and Those Who Study Them, Shannon Grimes
• A World Full of Gods: Panpsychism and the Paradigms of Esotericism, Lee Irwin
• Is There a Keynote to Nature? Joscelyn Godwin
• Iamblichus on the Esoteric Perception of Nature, Leonard George
CONSTRUCTING THE HUMAN RELATION TO NATURE
• Esoteric Figures, Our Temporary Enemy and Eternal Friend: Nature in the Thaumaturgical Christianity of Nikolai Federov, George M. Young
• Gurdjieff and Ecology: The Astral Ecosphere in Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson, Richard Smoley
• Savitri Devi, Traditionalism, and Nature Religion, Gregory R. Johnson
• On the Will in Nature: Schopenhauer, Animal Magnetism, and Magic, Glenn Alexander Magee
• Esoteric Subcultures, Approaches to Nature in Contemporary Left-Hand Path Magic, Kennet Granholm
• Neoshamanism and New Religions as Esoteric, Arthur Versluis
• Folk Magic and Protestant Christianity in Appalachia, John Richards
EMBODYING DIVING NATURES: FAIRES, ELEMENTALS, PICTORIAL ALLEGORIES
• Henry David Thoreau’s Elemental Encounters, Kevin Dann
• AE’s Divine Vision, Susan Graf
• Picturing Nature in Alchemical Images, M.E Warlick
ON THE STUDY OF ESOTERICISM
• Will-Erich Peuckert and the Light of Nature, Wouter J. Hanegraaf
ESOTERIC CONVERSATIONS
• Transcripts of Round Table on Esotericism and New Religions
• Third International ASE Conference
• College of Charleston, SC
ABOUT THE EDITORS
INDEX

Our third volume in the series Studies in Esotericism is now in process. Esotericism, Religion, and Politics will be published in 2012.