Modernism and Magic : Experiments with Spiritualism, Theosophy and the Occult Paperback / softback
by Leigh Wilson
Part of the Edinburgh Critical Studies in Modernist Culture series
While modernism's engagement with the occult has been approached by critics as the result of a loss of faith in representation, an attempt to draw on science as the primary discourse of modernity, or as an attempt to draw on a hidden history of ideas, Leigh Wilson argues that these discourses have at their heart a magical practice which remakes the relationship between world and representation.
As Wilson demonstrates, the courses of the occult are based on a magical mimesis which transforms the nature of the copy, from inert to vital, from dead to alive, from static to animated, from powerless to powerful.
Wilson explores the aesthetic and political implications of this relationship in the work of those writers, artists and filmmakers who were most self-consciously experimental, including James Joyce, Ezra Pound, Dziga Vertov and Sergei M.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
- Publication Date: 30/09/2015
- Category: Literary studies: general
- ISBN: 9780748627707
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