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Esoteric Origins of the American Renaissance (Arthur Versluis) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2001) 9780195138870
Esoteric Origins of the American Renaissance (Arthur Versluis) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2001) 9780195138870
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Title: The Esoteric Origins of the American Renaissance

Author: Versluis, Arthur

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2001

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780195138870

Volumes: 1; Pages: 240

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The term "Western esotericism" refers to a wide range of spiritual currents including alchemy, Hermeticism, Kabbala, Rosicrucianism, and Christian theosophy, as well as several practical forms of esotericism like cartomancy, geomancy, necromancy, alchemy, astrology, herbalism, and magic. The early presence of esotericism in North America has not been much studied, and even less so the indebtedness to esotericism of some major Americany literary figures. In this book, Arthur Versluis breaks new ground, showing that many writers of the so-called American Renaissance drew extensively on and were inspired by Western esoteric currents.Table of Contents1 Introduction 2 European Esoteric Currents 3 Esotericism in Early America 4 The Esoteric Ambience of the American Renaissance 5 Hitchcock 6 Poe 7 Hawthorne 8 Melville 9 Greaves 10 Alcott 11 Emerson 12 Fuller 13 Whitman 14 Dickinson 15 The Esoteric Origins of the American Renaissance Notes Bibliography IndexREVIEWS"[G]roundbreaking. ... His analysis and scholarship are as fascinating as a treasure hunt."--The Quest"This useful and fascinating ... corrective to conventional understandings of the influences and impulses of various American Renaissance figures is recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above."--Choice"[H]e provides readers with an impressive introduction to the subject, one that well deserves John Gatta's dust jacket praise of his volume as " a learned, authoritative, and genuinely original contribution."--Religion and the Arts"Brings to light a revealing dimension of nineteenth-century American literary culture that has too often been relegated to footnotes or passed over in somewhat embarrassed silence by twentieth-century literary critics ... brings to light a fascinating dimension of early American literary culture."--Journal of Religion
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