The Fisher King’s Wound

  • Allan Johnson


This chapter returns attention to one of the most influential and yet now overlooked sources in Anglo-American modernism, Jessie L. Weston’s From Ritual to Romance (1920), a curious work of reclamationist mythography that grew directly from the teachings of Helena Blavatsky and her Theosophical Society. The publication of Weston’s work was ideally timed to give writers a tangible symbolic framework to explore male psychosexualities and, particularly, the impacts of war on social constructions of masculinity. This chapter traces the esoteric implications of castration practice and imagery in western culture from the Phrygian cult of Attis through to Weston’s From Ritual to Romance and explores the persistent correlation between narrative form and male psychosexuality.


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  1. 1.University of SurreyGuildfordUK

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