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Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic

Victorian Occultism and the Making of Modern Magic

Invoking Tradition

Authors: Butler, A.

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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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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 Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Rothermere Foundation.

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"Victorian Occultism and the Making of Modern Magic provides a comprehensive account of the historical roots and philosophical underpinnings of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. From Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, and Egyptian magic, to Victorian innovations and inventions, such as making magic collaborative and more egalitarian, Butler's study provides a missing chapter in the history of the occult in the West. I imagine that Butler's Victorian Occultism and the Making of Modern Magic will make a useful reference for all interested in the Victorian occult and the history of magic in the West for years to come." - Sarah Willburn, Victorian Studies

"...an important addition to the growing literature on the history of modern magic. As Butler states, 'It is time to stop apologizing for magic' (x), particularly in the modern period. Her lively synthesis of cultural and intellectual history serves as a valuable contribution to the validity of that field, while also carving out its own significant niche within it." - Karl Bell, Journal of British Studies

"Butler's close attention to the thoughts and activities of the Victorian occultists considered strives to conjure up a bygone moment in history and elicits what meaning it has for us today....The result is a welcome and insightful addition to the

debate on magic." - Leo Ruickbie, The Pomegranate


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Victorian Occultism and the Making of Modern Magic
Book Subtitle
Invoking Tradition
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-29470-7
DOI
10.1057/9780230294707
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-22339-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-30855-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 225
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