Denisoff and Kooistra, The Romantic desire to reconnect with and rediscover nature materialised in notable trends in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, and took multifarious forms, whether religious, cultural and literary. Literary neo-paganism included a revival of pagan sources and themes, which, as B.
It articulates human finitude and is therefore necessarily doomed to persist; it can be embedded in rituals or it can appear as more developed forms of religion and worship.
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Cults and religions were but its variable and relative expression. Victorian neo-paganism was intrinsically derivative; the more it sought to reclaim a return to primeval times, the more it acknowledged the existence of Christianity. It was also characterized by a marked literary dimension.
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These people wanted to see Paganism through Christianity: because it involved the incidental amusement of seeing through Christianity itself. Whether genuine or feigned, late-nineteenth-century paganism occurred within a larger context involving scientific discourses, as well as multiple and increasingly diversified forms of religion. This is the context within which the Pagan Review made its appearance. In he was appointed London art critic of the Glasgow Herald and then, art critic for the Art Journal.
Sharp, and more than ten as Fiona MacLeod. A trip to Loch Goil may have halted his progress but in August the Sharps settled near Rudgwick in Phenice Crofts, a cottage they occupied for two years. Sharp decided to write the whole of the first issue. However, Sharp soon realised he had set himself too hard a task:. The Editor … swiftly realised that there could be no continuance of the Review. Not only could he not repeat such a tour de force , and he realised that for several numbers he would have to provide the larger portion of the material—but the one number had served its purpose, as far as he was concerned, for by means of it he had exhausted a transition phase that had passed to give way to the expression of his more permanent self.
The Pagan Review is also a good index of the diversity of expression of late-nineteenth-century forms of paganism and sheds an interesting light on its multi-faceted aspects.
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If literature was seen as a privileged means of achieving that new condition, not all literature qualified for the task. Fanshawe, is the story of a sacrificial cult in Africa. Like all texts of the Review , it extensively relies on and mixes the language of the Bible, especially in dialogues, and that of aestheticism in descriptions.
Sharp also takes his cue from the nascent Decadent literature assimilating nature to artifice. The Mother encompasses both genders and summarises the history of polytheism and monotheism. He vainly confesses his love for her and asks her to become like her.
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Down from the outspread hands of Bihr the Chief trickle two long wavering streamlets of blood: two long streamlets of blood drip, drip, down the white glaring face of the rock from the pierced feet. Sexuality and desire are presented as harmful, while reasons for this condition are carefully left out in quite a modernistic way. Does Sharp engage in a rewriting of the supposed origins of religion?
Does he give a flamboyant version of the Genesis? It is indeed difficult to insert such a text in any specific religious creed as it relies on, and mixes several of them. The theme of Greece transposed in the North was not new and Verlayne uses a fair amount of Scottish words corrie, glen, deer, heather, etc to import Greek paganism to Scotland. Her heart leapt within her: for lo, here was another such as herself. And yet—and yet—there was some difference.
The Fragment—a typical Decadent genre—stops here and clearly takes its cue from scholarly essays, studies and translations which had popularised Oriental religions in Britain in the s. An Untold Memory. Such attempt at importing the language of painting into literature elicited scorn from the Saturday Review possibly because it was more than outmoded in At that time, all periodicals featured some, but the only book reviewed here is a collection of prose poems, Pastels in Prose.
A member of the younger generation upon which Sharp sets some of his hopes, she may well have morphed into the more Scot-sounding Fiona MacLeod. Its end was singularly tranquil, but was not unexpected. Regretted by none, save the affectionate parents and a few forlorn friends, The Pagan Review has returned to the void whence it came.
The progenitors, more hopeful than reasonable, look for an unglorious but robust resurrection at some more fortunate date.
That sacrificial lamb also served as a reminder that paganism existed in a Christian context that sometimes took its revenge, although here as in the whole review, the reader remains constantly uncertain of the degree of earnestness of tales, poems, fragments and editorial comments. Hovering between the old and the new, tradition and invention, it illustrates a phase in the transition between late-Victorian and modern forms of belief.
Paganism also drew the attention on a somewhat puzzling phenomenon: the segmentation of the population between generations or communities that no longer echoed and duplicated each other but embraced self-fashioning and claimed their self-definition. To be a pagan was to refuse being a Christian, the embodiment of an older type of subjectivity. The definition may have been quite reductive by fashioning Christians along such thin lines, it signalled the increasing fragmentation of the religious map of late-Victorian Britain. Brooks, W. Sharp ], ed. The Pagan Review.
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