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The Place of Enchantment: British Occultism and the Culture of the Modern

Alex Owen

Abstract

By the end of the nineteenth century, Victorians were seeking rational explanations for the world in which they lived. The radical ideas of Charles Darwin had shaken traditional religious beliefs. Sigmund Freud was developing his innovative models of the conscious and unconscious mind. And anthropologist James George Frazer was subjecting magic, myth, and ritual to systematic inquiry. Why, then, in this quintessentially modern moment, did late Victorian and Edwardian men and women become absorbed by metaphysical quests, heterodox spiritual encounters, and occult experimentation? In answering t ... More

Keywords: occultism, Victorian Britain, esotericism, modern life, pharmacology, astral clairvoyance, magical societies, British culture, sex magic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780226642017
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226642031.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alex Owen, author