Introduction: Conceptualizing Occult Modernism

  • Tessel M. Bauduin
  • Henrik Johnsson
Part of the Palgrave Studies in New Religions and Alternative Spiritualities book series (PSNRAS)


In this introduction the editors present the topic of the book, launching the concept of ‘occult modernism’ to describe the interaction of occultism and modernism in the arts. A brief overview of how earlier scholarship has neglected or even actively avoided mentioning the relationship between occultism and modernism provides a justification for the present volume. The editors identify methodological problems that persist in contemporary scholarship, and offer suggestions on how these can be overcome. A new scientific framework is elaborated in the form of a typology of occult modernism, which can be applied to the study of individual works of occult modernism in different media. Finally, the editors introduce the contributions to the volume.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tessel M. Bauduin
    • 1
  • Henrik Johnsson
    • 2
  1. 1.University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.University of TromsøThe Arctic University of NorwayTromsøNorway

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