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

Leigh Wilson

Abstract

While the engagement of modernist artists with the occult has been approached by critics as the result of a loss of faith in representation, as an attempt to draw on science as the primary discourse of modernity, or as a hidden history of ideas, this book argues that the discourses of the occult were used by a range of modernist artists, writers and filmmakers because at their heart is a magical practice which remakes the relationship between world and representation. The discourses of the occult are based on a magical mimesis which transforms the nature of the copy, from inert to vital, from ... More

Keywords: Modernism, Spiritualism, Theosophy, Occult, Aesthetics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780748627691
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627691.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leigh Wilson, author