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Title: The Luciferian Public Sphere: Theosophy and Editorial Seekership in the 1880s
Author(s): Ferguson, Christine
Contact Email: christine.ferguson@stir.ac.uk
Issue Date: Apr-2020
Citation: Ferguson C (2020) The Luciferian Public Sphere: Theosophy and Editorial Seekership in the 1880s. Victorian Periodicals Review, 53 (1), pp. 76-101. https://doi.org/10.1353/vpr.2020.0012
Abstract: This article demonstrates the development and practice of "editorial seekership" during the early years of the prominent British Theosophical journal Lucifer, when it was co-edited by H.P. Blavatsky and Mabel Collins. Rather than promoting a particular set of occult beliefs, Lucifer instead encouraged an open-ended and sometimes self-defeatingly anarchic mode of spiritual seekership perfectly aligned to the eclecticism, seriality, and topicality of the periodical form. In demonstrating the editorial team's production of a press-mediated form of spiritual identity, my article calls for a new recognition of the occult revival’s relationship to print capitalism, and of the importance of periodicals to esotericism studies more broadly.
DOI Link: 10.1353/vpr.2020.0012
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