On the Shelf Review – The Ashgate Research Companion to Nineteenth-Century Spiritualism and the Occult

I hope everyone is having a good 2013.  My sabbatical’s begun, so now I have some time to engage in some recreational / scholarly reading.  Let’s pick up The Ashgate Research Companion to Nineteenth-Century Spiritualism and the Occult and see how far we get.  I’ll just find the interesting articles by looking through the index…

Frederick Hockley?  No mentions.  I can live with that, I suppose.

H. Kenneth Mackenzie?  No mentions.  Not too surprising.

John George Hohman?  No mentions.  Also not surprising.

Emma Hardinge Britten?  A mention of her spiritualist interests.  Hmm…

Francis Barrett?  No mentions.  Really?

William Butler Yeats?  All right, some mentions of Yeats.

William Westcott?  No mentions.

MacGregor Mathers?  Ah yes!  A brief mention as the author of The Kabbalah Unveiled, which, as we know, is Mathers’ chief claim to fame.

Paschal Beverly Randolph?  No mentions.

Helena Blavatsky?  Oh, about nine pages, scattered about.

Eliphas Levi?  Not under his pen name or his real name, no.

I’m going to let someone else take over here:

On the upside, both the Borg and Dollhouse are listed in the index, in case you were interested in either of those.

I’m not being entirely fair here, as there is a chapter on Edward Bulwer-Lytton.

Somehow, I’m guessing that “and the Occult” was added to the book’s title quite late in the publication cycle.

And now, a nap.




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