Victorian Occultism And The Making Of Modern Magic: Invoking Tradition

Hardcover | January 15, 2011

byAlison Butler

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The late Victorian period witnessed the remarkable revival of magical practice and belief. Butler examines the individuals, institutions and literature associated with this revival and demonstrates how Victorian occultism provided an alternative to the tightening camps of science and religion in a social environment that nurtured magical beliefs.

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The late Victorian period witnessed the remarkable revival of magical practice and belief. Butler examines the individuals, institutions and literature associated with this revival and demonstrates how Victorian occultism provided an alternative to the tightening camps of science and religion in a social environment that nurtured magic...

ALISON BUTLER lecturer at St. Francis Xavier University, Canada, and a social and cultural historian specializing in nineteenth-century Britain. Her research interests include the history of magic and its intersection with science and religion. She has published on these topics and has received fellowships from the Social Sciences and...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9 × 5.61 × 0.84 inPublished:January 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780230223394

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
A New Order
A New Magic
Resurrecting the Past: Hiram, Isis, and the Rosy Cross
Preservation and Improvisation: Nineteenth-Century Magicians
Magical Libraries: What Occultists Read
Revolutionizing Magic: The Will Conquers the Spirit
Middle-Class Magic
Notes
Bibliography
Index