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

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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 systema ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 14th 2004 by University Of Chicago Press
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David
Alex Owen's The Place of Enchantment: British Occultism and the Culture of the Modern "explores what has been disregarded, marginalized, or forgotten. It is concerned with the emergence towards the end of the nineteenth century of a widespread engagement with occultism, mysticism, and...magic, and deals with the parameters and significance of this engagement."

For all of this, the work is engaging, mercifully free of specialized, post-structural terminology which has been known to alienate the g
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Christopher Plaisance
In this book, Owen provides one of the richest scholarly accounts of fin-de-siècle occultism available in print today. She begins by charting the movement’s history in the spiritualism that was so prevalent in the late nineteenth century, and then proceeds to examine in turn the various Rosicrucian and Theosophical organisations that laid the groundwork for the central object of Owen’s investigation: the Golden Dawn. As a study of the Golden Dawn, Owen’s work breaks new ground by delving deeply ...more
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In this amazing book, Alex Owen argues that enchantment has a place within modernity, and that the occultism of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, far from rejecting or hiding from the modern, "not only addressed some of the central dillemas of modernity but itself was constitutive or symptomatic of key elements of modern culture." It combines a serious academic exploration of how occultists intersected with fin de siecle British culture, and also an incredibly fascinating look at ...more
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