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Eva Haettner Aurelius, Henrik Bogdan etc

Det esoteriska Sverige : Från Swedenborg till Strindberg

Hilma af Klint och August Strindberg var båda esoteriker, men vad är esoterism? Under senare delen av 1800-talet kom så kallade esoteriska strömningar att etablera sig i kulturella och intellektuella kretsar i Europa, inte minst i Sverige. Hemliga läror, riter och praktiker som alkemi, astrologi, ockultism och teosofi där tron på ett korresponderande kosmos, en levande natur och transmutationsupplevelser dominerar. Men esoterismen sträcker sig betydligt längre tillbaka i den svenska historien. Trots att de esoteriska idéströmningarna länge utpekades av kyrkan som kätteri och därför verkade i det dolda, har de haft betydande inflytande på den svenska kulturen.  I denna antologi samlar vi några av Sveriges främsta experter inom ämnet för att utforska esoterismens historia i Sverige och hur dess riter, praktiker och traditioner kom att influera författare och konstnärer som August Strindberg, Selma Lagerlöf, Viktor Rydberg, Hilma af Klint, Tyra Kleen och Carl Milles.

  • ISBN: 9789189425989
  • Published: 2023-03-29
  • Graphic design: Patric Leo
  • Illustrated. 250 pages.

Editors

Kurt Almqvist is CEO at the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Public Benefit.

Authors

Anders Hallengren received his doctorate for a dissertation on the philosophy of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

David Dunér is a professor of the history of science and ideas at Lund University.

Elisabeth Mansén is Professor Emerita in the History of Ideas at Stockholm University. She specialises in Swedish cultural history, particularly in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Eva Haettner Aurelius is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at Lund University.

Henrik Bogdan is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Gothenburg. His main research areas are Western esotericism, new religious movements and secret/initiatory societies.

Karin Ström Lehander is a PhD candidate at Åbo Akademi, where she is researching Tyra Kleen’s art and spiritual search.

Martin Liljekvist is an art scholar based in Stockholm, originally from the province of Dalarna. Since 2016 he has worked as a curator at Stockholm’s Millesgården Museum.

Niclas Franzén is an art historian specialising in Symbolist and esoteric art in Sweden around the turn of the twentieth century.

Olav Hammer is Professor of the History of Religion at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense.

Per Faxneld is Associate Professor of the History of Religions at Södertörn University.

Per Stille is Associate Professor of Nordic Languages at Linnaeus University. He previously taught at Uppsala University and worked as an editor on the Swedish Academy Dictionary.

Simon Sorgenfrei is an Associate Professor in the Study of Religions at Södertörn University. He is also chair of the university’s Institute for Research into Multi-religiosity and Secularity (IMS).

Svante Nordin is Professor of the History of Ideas at Lund University.

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