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Restoring paradise : Western esotericism, literature, art, and consciousness

Author: Arthur Versluis
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2004.
Series: SUNY series in Western esoteric traditions.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Focusing on how spiritual initiation takes place in Western esoteric religious, literary, and artistic traditions from antiquity to the present, Restoring Paradise provides an introduction to Western esotericism, including early modern esoteric movements like alchemy, Christian theosophy, and Rosicrucianism. The author argues that European and American literature and art often entail a written transmission of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Arthur Versluis
ISBN: 0791461394 9780791461396
OCLC Number: 54693150
Description: xi, 174 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : initiatory transmission and the imagination --
1. Origins --
2. Historical currents --
3. Modern implications.
Series Title: SUNY series in Western esoteric traditions.
Responsibility: Arthur Versluis.

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"Focusing on how spiritual initiation takes place in Western esoteric religious, literary, and artistic traditions from antiquity to the present, Restoring Paradise provides an introduction to Western esotericism, including early modern esoteric movements like alchemy, Christian theosophy, and Rosicrucianism. The author argues that European and American literature and art often entail a written transmission of spiritual knowledge in which writing itself works to transmute consciousness, to generate, provoke, or convey spiritual awakening. He focuses on several important figures whose work has not received the attention it deserves, including American writer and Imagist poet H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) and British painter Cecil Collins, among others."--Jacket.

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