The Theosophical
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The Legacies of Theosophy

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literature & Aesthetics special issue exploring the legacies of theosophy

About the Publication

Literature & Aesthetics is the Journal of the Sydney Society of Literature and Aesthetics, established to promote the study of the arts, from philosophical, psychological, sociological, scientific, historical, critical and educational standpoints.  With guest editors Zoe Alderton and Johanna Petsche, the June 2011 issue was dedicated to an exploration of the legacies and impact of Theosophy, the subject of a two-day conference held at the University of Sydney in October 2011, titled The Legacies of Theosophy: Unveiling Mysteries of the Creative Imaginary.


  • Introduction: Exploring the Legacies of Theosophy Zoe Alderton and Johanna Petsche
  • Theosophy and the Dissenting Western Imagination Dara Tatray
  • Ex Oriente Lux: Eastern Religions, Western Writers Harry Oldmeadow
  • Imagining Macrohistory? Madame Blavatsky from Isis Unveiled (1877) to The Secret Doctrine (1888) Garry W. Trompf
  • An Enlightened Life in Text and Image: G.I. Gurdjieff's Meetings With Remarkable Men (1963) and
    Peter Brook's Meetings With Remarkable Men (1979) Carole M. Cusack
  • Gurdjieff and Blavatsky: Western Esoteric Teachers in Parallel Johanna Petsche
  • From Blavatsky to Krishnamurti: Hindu Chronology, Biblical Eschatology, Physiology Al Boag
  • Owen Barfield and Rudolf Steiner: The Poetic and Esoteric Imagination Luke Fisher
  • On Rudolf Steiner's Impact on the Training of the Actor Neil Anderson
  • Out of Africa: Tarot's Fascination with Ancient Egypt Helen S. Farley
  • The Transitory Tarot: An Examination of Tarot Cards, the 21st Century New Age and Theosophical Thought Morandir Armson
  • Phyllis Campbell and the Sounds of Colour Fiona Fraser
  • Colour, Shape, and Music: The Presence of Thought Forms in Abstract Art Zoe Alderton


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