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The esoteric origins of the American renaissance

by Arthur Versluis

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Published by Oxford University Press in Oxford, New York .
Written in English

    Places:
  • United States
    • Subjects:
    • American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism,
    • Occultism -- United States -- History -- 19th century,
    • American literature -- European influences,
    • Transcendentalism (New England),
    • Occultism in literature,
    • United States -- Intellectual life -- 19th century

    • Edition Notes

      Includes bibliographical references (217-230) and index.

      StatementArthur Versluis.
      Classifications
      LC ClassificationsPS217.O33 V47 2001
      The Physical Object
      Pagination234 p. ;
      Number of Pages234
      ID Numbers
      Open LibraryOL6780348M
      ISBN 100195138872
      LC Control Number00026124

        The Oxford English Dictionary is a multivolume reference work that is one of Western scholarship’s most remarkable achievements — the standard dictionary of the English language on what are known as “historical principles.” Unlike most dictionaries, the OED also provides information on the first historical appearance and usage of words. The range of the .   Bryant, J. (). Melville and Repose: The Rhetoric of Humor in the American Renaissance. New York: Oxford University Press. Versluis, A. (). The Esoteric Origins of the American Renaissance. New York: Oxford University Press. References.

      Other books on Western esotericism include The Esoteric Origins of the American Renaissance (Oxford University Press, ), Restoring Paradise, (SUNY, ), and my survey of the field, Magic and Mysticism: An Introduction to Western Esotericism (Rowman Littlefield, ). The most complete is probably A Republic of Mind and Spirit: A Cultural History of American Metaphysical Religion (), in which the esteemed religion professor who wrote it, Catherine Albanese, refers to metaphysics as “the dominant mode of American religious life.” The most riveting may be John L. Brooke’s The Refiner’s Fire (), which details all the vibrant .

      The Esoteric Origins of the American Renaissance - Arthur Versluis The early presence of esotericism in North America has not been much studied, and even less so the indebtedness to esotericism of some major American literary figures. Introduction. The term American Renaissance, as applied to literature, was popularly established by the Harvard scholar F. O. Matthiessen in his book American Renaissance: Art and Expression in the Age of Emerson and essen calls the years between and an “extraordinarily concentrated moment of literary expression” (p. vii); this half-decade .


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The esoteric origins of the American renaissance by Arthur Versluis Download PDF EPUB FB2

He states in Chapter 4 that just as the Italian Renaissance was inspired chiefly by two intellectual figures, Marsilio Ficino and Pico della Mirandola, who were themselves inspired by their rediscovery of Western esoteric traditions (Jewish Kabbala, Hermeticism, and Neoplatonism), the midth century American Renaissance had related esoteric origins.

The ten American authors he focuses on, dedicating a chapter to each, are as follows: Ethan Allen Hitchcock Cited by: Before covering the above authors in Chapters 5 thro Versluis includes three chapters after the introduction to discuss esotericism in general, beginning with European Esoteric Currents (Ch.

2), followed by Esotericism in Early America (Ch. 3) and The Esoteric Ambience of the American Renaissance (Ch/5(2). The early presence of esotericism in North America has not been much studied, and even less so the indebtedness to esotericism of some major American literary figures.

The Esoteric Origins of the American Renaissance - Arthur Versluis - Oxford University Press. In The esoteric origins of the American renaissance book book, Arthur Versluis breaks new ground, showing that many writers of the so-called American Renaissance drew extensively on and were inspired by Western esoteric currents.

Excerpt In American Transcendentalism and Asian Religions, I detailed the immense impact that the Euro-American discovery of Asian religions had not only on European Romanticism, but above all, on American Transcendentalism. The early presence of esotericism in North America has not been much studied, and even less so the indebtedness to esotericism of some major American literary figures.

In this book, Arthur Versluis breaks new ground, showing that many writers of the so-called American Renaissance drew extensively on and were inspired by Western esoteric currents. Arthur Versluis's Esoteric Origins of the American Renaissance, in focusing on occult or metaphysical dimensions, is a part of this legacy of scholarly detection.

Instead of stressing their strategic uses of popular culture (David S. Reynolds's Beneath the American Renaissance: The Subversive. The early presence of esotericism in North America has not been much studied, and even less so the indebtedness to esotericism of some major American literary figures.

In this book, Arthur Versluis breaks new ground, showing that many writers of the so-called American Renaissance drew extensively on and were inspired by Western esoteric currents.4/5(1).

The American Renaissance has been a foundational concept in American literary history for nearly a century. The phrase connotes a period, as well as an event, an iconic turning point in the growth of a national literature and a canon of texts that would shape American fiction, poetry, and oratory for generations.

The Esoteric Origins of the American Renaissance. Arthur Versluis; First published inthe book has been updated and expanded for this edition.

View. Show abstract. American Renaissance, also called New England Renaissance, period from the s roughly until the end of the American Civil War in which American literature, in the wake of the Romantic movement, came of age as an expression of a national spirit. Read More on This Topic. American literature: American Renaissance.

The pursuit led to my book, Occult America: White House Séances, Ouija Circles, Masons, and the Secret Mystic History of Our Nation (Bantam /). In tracking the history of supernatural and mystical religions in America, I explore how occult spirituality travelled from the late-ancient world through Renaissance Europe to find an unlikely.

As I have discussed in my book The Esoteric Origins of the American Renaissance, all of these forms of European esotericism were brought by colonists to North America in the century or more prior to the arrival of the Harmonists.

Hence it is not surprising that the Rapp circleemerging out of a society in which Christian theosophy. The Esoteric Origins of the American Renaissance by Arthur Versluis (Oxford University Press) The term "Western esotericism" refers to a wide range of spiritual currents including alchemy, Hermeticism, Kabbala, Rosicru­cianism, and Christian theosophy.

The Esoteric Origins of the American Renaissance eBook: Arthur Versluis: : Kindle Store/5(2). Arthur Versluis has contributed many valuable books on Western esotericism, and his study Esoteric Origins of the American Renaissance is especially helpful in understanding the role of Bronson Alcott.

The chapter on Alcott is viewable through Google Books, beginning on page Here is the opening para on Alcott. In this work, Arthur Versluis shows that many writers of the so-called American Renaissance were inspired by Western esoteric currents.

Before offering his analysis of the esoteric elements in the writings of figures from the American Renaissance, Versluis offers an overview of esotericism in Europe and its offshoots in colonial America.

American literature - American literature - American Renaissance: The authors who began to come to prominence in the s and were active until about the end of the Civil War—the humorists, the classic New Englanders, Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, and others—did their work in a new spirit, and their achievements were of a new sort.

In part this was because they. The richest period in American literary history, the American Renaissance (–) produced Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, and Emily Dickinson.

A distinction is traditionally made between the so-called light or optimistic authors (Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman) and.

Download Citation | The Esoteric Origins of the American Renaissance. By Versluis Arthur | The Esoteric Origins of the American Renaissance. By ArthurVersluis. New York: Oxford University Press Author: John Lardas. In The Esoteric Origins of the American Renaissance Versluis investigates the influence of western esotericism on the midth American Renaissance.

Versluis regards his The Esoteric Origins as a pioneering study in this discipline. In American Gurus: From Transcendentalism to New Age Religion. Author F.O. Matthiessen first coined the term “American Renaissance” in in his book American Renaissance: Art and Expression in the Age of Emerson and Whitman.In the classic that laid the groundwork for the grand resurgence in American architecture, Ware presents tables of the Tuscan, Ionic, Doric, Corinthian, and Composite Orders; measured drawings of the great monuments of the ancient, Renaissance, and baroque periods; and guides for drawing and designing classical arches, roofs, doors, staircases, walls, and more.

.The term "Western esotericism" refers to a wide range of spiritual currents including alchemy, Hermeticism, Kabbala, Rosicrucianism, and Christian theosophy, as well as several practical forms of esotericism like cartomancy, geomancy, necromancy.