This study of modernism's high imperial, occult-exotic affiliations presents many well-known figures from the period 1880-1960 in a new light. Modernism and the Occult traces the history of modernist engagement with 'irregular', heterodox and imported knowledge.
John Bramble, an Emeritus Fellow of Corpus Christi College Oxford, lectured in Classics at Oxford University, UK. His publications as a classicist include Persius and the Programmatic Satire (1974, reissued 2010), and contributions to The Cambridge History of Classical Literature Vol. 2 (1983). As a historian of mystical syncretism and religio-cultural mixing, he has contributed to The Subtle Body in Asia and the West (2013).
1. Empire and Occultism 2. Modernist Interworlds 3. Destruction-Creation: from Decadence to Dada 4. Call to Order, Occultist Geopolitics, Spirit Wars 5. 'Zen' in the Second Abstraction 6. Owning, Disowning and Trivializing the Occult Notes Select Bibliography Index