© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/156852910X511727 Religion and the Arts 14 (2010) 367–385 brill.nl/rart RELIGION and the ARTS Plato and the Theatre of the Occult Revival: Edouard Schuré, Katherine Tingley, and Rudolph Steiner Edmund M. Lingan University of Toledo Abstract This article illuminates a modern shift in the relationship between theatre and religion that became apparent during the Occult Revival that thrived in Europe and the United States between the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It does this by exploring how Edouard Schuré, Katherine Tingley, and Rudolf Steiner combined theatre with an early- modern legend concerning Plato’s involvement in a primordial religion to the end of con- structing and disseminating new esoteric religions and spiritual systems. Unlike previous artists who drew inspiration from religion as they created new works of art, Schuré, Tingley, and Steiner used theatre and esoteric lore to consciously construct religious and spiritual worldviews. The work of Schuré, Tingley, and Steiner shows that the relationship between theatre and modern occultism contributed to the proliferation of new modes of faith dur- ing the Occult Revival, and it also suggests that the types of interactions that were estab- lished between theatre and religion at
Religion and the Arts – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2010
Keywords: Occult Revival; Rudolph Steiner; symbolist theatre; Theosophy; theatre and the occult; symbolism; Katherine Tingley; the occult; Edouard Schuré; Anthroposophy; religion and theatre; occult theatre
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