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Esoterica: The Journal of Esoteric Studies

Published/Hosted by Michigan State University Press. ISSN: 1534-1224.

Esoterica: The Journal of Esoteric Studies is the first electronic journal devoted to the study of Western esotericism, a relatively new field of study in the humanities. A transdisciplinary field, the study of Western esotericism requires extensive knowledge of a wide array of fields, most predominantly religion and history, but also art history, literature, and the history of science. Areas of study include such disparate movements and traditions as alchemy, Freemasonry, the Kabbala, magic, mysticism, and secret or semi-secret orders, as well as these movements' or traditions' impact on artistic, literary, political and social figures. By examining esoteric influences in Western society, scholars are not only uncovering hitherto unknown figures and works, but also shedding new light on such questions as how the sciences emerged in the early modern period, or how deeply interwoven are the fields of art, literature, and religious studies. Esoterica, as an electronic journal and academic resource, has two main goals: to provide, on the one hand, original articles on aspects of esotericism by specialists in the field, and, on the other hand, primary research materials of use to scholars and teachers, including links to special collections and archives as well as lists of recent dissertations in the field. The journal also features book reviews and announcements. Because this is a relatively new field, we will continue to feature articles on methodology.

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