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Author Dixon, Joy, 1962- author.

Title Divine feminine : theosophy and feminism in England / Joy Dixon
Published Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, [2001]


Description 1 online resource (xix, 293 pages) : illustrations
Series Johns Hopkins University studies in historical and political science ; 119th series, I
Johns Hopkins University studies in historical and political science ; 119th ser., 1.
Contents The undomesticated occult -- The mahatmas in clubland: manliness and scientific spirituality -- "A deficiency of the male element": gendering spiritual experience -- "Buggery and humbuggery": sex, magic, and occult authority -- Occult body politics -- The divine hermaphrodite and the female messiah: feminism and sprirituality in the 1890s -- A new age for women: suffrage and the sacred -- Ancient wisdom, modern motherhood
Summary Divine Feminine is the first full-length study of the relationship between alternative or esoteric spirituality and the feminist movement in England. Historian Joy Dixon examines the Theosophical Society's claims that women and the East were the repositories of spiritual forces which English men had forfeited in their scramble for material and imperial power. Theosophists produced arguments that became key tools in many feminist campaigns. Many women of the Theosophical Society became suffragists to promote the spiritualizing of politics, attempting to create a political role for women as a way to "sacralize the public sphere." Dixon also shows that theosophy provides much of the framework and the vocabulary for today's New Age movement. Many of the assumptions about class, race, and gender which marked the emergence of esoteric religions at the end of the nineteenth century continue to shape alternative spiritualities today
Analysis Humaniora Religionsvidenskab
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-283) and index
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Subject Theosophical Society (Great Britain) -- History
Theosophical Society (Great Britain)
Theosophical Society (Grande-Bretagne)
Feminism -- Religious aspects -- Theosophical Society (Great Britain) -- History of doctrines
Feminism -- England -- History
RELIGION -- Theosophy.
Mouvement féministe.
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0801875307