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  • Aleister Crowley and occult meaning

Machin, James, 2020, Book Section, Aleister Crowley and occult meaning In: Bloom, Clive, (ed.) The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Gothic. Gothic Handbook Series, 1 . Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 321-335. ISBN 978-3030331368

Abstract or Description:

Aleister Crowley (1875–1947) remains a controversial and divisive figure. Although his peerless contribution to the development of occult theory and practice during his own lifetime and after is unarguable, various aspects of his lifestyle made him notorious. However, he was also a prolific writer and critic, and began his adult life as a poet. This essay explores this side of his output, and specifically his engagement with contemporary writers of weird fiction, such as Arthur Machen and Lord Dunsany. The argument is also made that Crowley’s occult practice shapes and informs his responses to fiction, and that examining his approach to the question of authorial intentionality can cast light on wider critical practice today.

Official URL: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-03...
Subjects: Other > Historical and Philosophical studies > V900 Others in Historical and Philosophical studies
School or Centre: School of Design
School of Arts & Humanities
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-33136-8_20
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2020 08:22
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2020 09:39
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/4532
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