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    Esotericism and narrative: The occult fiction of Charles Williams

    Roukema, Aren (2018) Esotericism and narrative: The occult fiction of Charles Williams. Aries Book Series 24. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill. ISBN 9789004369115.

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    Book synopsis: Esotericism and Narrative: The Occult Fiction of Charles Williams situates the life and fiction of the Inkling Charles Williams in the network of modern occultism, with special focus on his initiatory experiences in A.E. Waite’s Fellowship of the Rosy Cross. Aren Roukema evaluates fictional projections of magic, kabbalah, alchemy and ritual experience in Williams’s seven novels of supernatural fantasy. From this specific analysis, he develops more broadly applicable approaches to the serious expression of religious experience in fiction. Roukema shows that esoteric knowledge has frequently been blurred into fiction because of its inherent narrativity and adaptability, particularly by authors already attracted to the syncretism, multivalence and lived fantasy of the modern occult experience.


    Item Type: Book
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
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    Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2019 15:51
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:45


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