Change is in the air!

Correspondences is simplifying its name. You can now find us under the new, simplified title of Correspondences: Journal for the Study of Esotericism. In addition to trimming a couple of fairly self-evident terms, we’ve dropped the “Western” from our old title in order to reflect an ongoing shift in global scholarship of esoteric phenomena, one which has partly unfolded in the pages of Correspondences (e.g.’Beyond the West: Towards a New Comparativism in the Study of Esotericism‘ [vol 2] and  ‘The Globalization of Esotericism‘ [vol 3]).

Volume 5 is Released

Correspondences 5 (2017) marks our Wood Anniversary, so this volume is a celebration.  Now available in finalised form, the volume features new research on Theosophy and clairvoyance, the curious neologism correspondentia, and the portrayal of reincarnation in H.P. Blavatsky’s writing.  In addition, there is a review article on three recent publications in the study of Satanism and five further reviews.

Julian Strube reviews Eric Kurlander’s new book “Hitler’s Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich”

We’re thrilled to present another review in the growing contents of Volume 5 of Correspondences. Julian Strube provides an excellent and lengthy examination of Eric Kurlander’s new book Hitler’s Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich, published by Yale University Press in 2017. You can read his assessment in advance form in Volume 5 (2017).

Jay Johnston reviews “Sexuality and New Religious Movements,” edited by Henrik Bogdan and James R. Lewis

Today we’re happy to present another review in our current volume of Correspondences. Jay Johnston provides a critical examination of Sexuality and New Religious Movements, a book edited by Henrik Bogdan and James R. Lewis and released in 2014 by Palgrave. You can find the review in advance version in Volume 5.

New article online: James F. Lawrence, “Correspondentia: A Neologism by Aquinas Attains its Zenith in Swedenborg”

We just published an advance version of James F. Lawrence’s article “Correspondentia: A Neologism by Aquinas Attains its Zenith in Swedenborg.” The article, which can be read in Volume 5 (2017), “performs a word history on correspondentia, a neo-Latin construction by Thomas Aquinas in Scholastic thought attempting to interpret Aristotle on the perception of truth, and then tracks succeeding circles of the neologism’s utility.” This study is important for both the Swedenborg enthusiasts as well as anyone interested in “Western esotericism” and cultural history.

Wouter J. Hanegraaff’s “The Theosophical Imagination” is released in advance form

We’re excited to release Wouter J. Hanegraaff’s research article “The Theosophical Imagination.” In this article, Hanegraaff examines modern Theosophy and its practice of clairvoyance. He not only explains what clairvoyance meant for Theosophists around the turn of the 20th century, but also how it worked and where the practice came from. Clarvoyant imagination, Hanegraaff writes, can be traced to a forgotten nineteenth-century author, Joseph Rodes Buchanan, whose theory and practice of “psychometry” is fundamental to the clairvoyant claims of all major Theosophists. The article is available now in advance form in Volume 5 (2017).

Review of Paul Youngquist. A Pure Solar World: Sun Ra and the Birth of Afrofuturism

We just released Justine M. Bakker’s review of Paul Youngquist’s A Pure Solar World: Sun Ra and the Birth of Afrofuturism. It’s available in advance form in Volume 5.

Review Article on Recent Publications in the Study of Satanism

We are very glad to inform you that we’ve just published a review article from Ethan Doyle White. In “Sympathy for the Devil: A Review of Recent Publications in the Study of Satanism,” Ethan examines Asbjørn Dyrendal, James R. Lewis and Jesper Aa. Petersen’s The Invention of Satanism (Oxford: Oxford University Press), Massimo Introvigne’s Satanism: A Social History (Leiden: Brill), and Ruben van Luijk’s Children of Lucifer: The Origins of Modern Religious Satanism (Oxford: Oxford University Press). The review article is available in advance form in volume 5.

Review of Archetypes from Underground

We just published Stanislav Panin’s review of Lonny Harrison’s Archetypes from Underground. Notes on the Dostoevskian Self (Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2016). The review is available in advance form in volume 5.

František Novotný reviews The Arras Witch Treatises

František Novotný’s review of The Arras Witch Treatises (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2016) is now online in advance form. You can find it in Volume 5 (2017).