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  • 1.
    Faxneld, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Teosofin och den svenska sekelskifteskonsten2023In: Maja Fjaestad: Att se på världen med konstnärsögon / [ed] Anneli Strömberg, Hannes Trygg, Maria Hellstadius Wiberg, Arvika: Votum , 2023, 1, p. 100-107Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 2.
    Faxneld, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    An Occult Soothsayer and Prophet2022In: Sasha Chaitow: Son of Prometheus: The Life and Work of Joséphin Péladan, Munich: Theion Publishing , 2022, p. 19-22Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 3.
    Faxneld, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Belials säd: F.W. Murnaus Nosferatu2022In: Aiolos: Tidskrift för litteratur, teori och estetik, ISSN 1400-7770, no 74-75, p. 54-63Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 4.
    Faxneld, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    En verkligt modern människa måste vara ockultist: Nobelpriset i litteratur och sekelskiftets ockulta strömningar2022In: Evigt liv / [ed] Jan Gradvall; Clara Åhlvik, Stockholm: Liljevalchs / Nobelmuseet , 2022, p. 381-413Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 5.
    Faxneld, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Hädelse och hysteri2022Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 6.
    Faxneld, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Of Portals and Portentous Powers: The Art of Fosco Culto2022In: The Art of Fosco Culto / [ed] Kazim, Paris: Hexen Press , 2022, p. 37-156Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 7.
    Faxneld, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Valand: Tidskapsel och fristad2022In: Vasastan: En urban hembygd / [ed] Joel Johansson, Stockholm: Balkong förlag, 2022, p. 121-129Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 8.
    Faxneld, Per
    Stockholm University, Sweden.
    Инфернальный феминизм2022Book (Refereed)
  • 9.
    Faxneld, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Förord2021In: La Marchesa: Luisa Casatis liv och skepnader / [ed] Scot D. Ryerson; M.D. Orlando, Stockholm: Alastor , 2021, p. 9-14Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 10.
    Faxneld, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Hvad Freud ved om okkultisme2021In: Psykologi : og din personlige udvikling, ISSN 1603-9203, no 3, p. 16-22Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 11.
    Faxneld, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Into that Darkness: On the Art of Fredrik Söderberg2021In: Sangraal, Stockholm: Cecilia Hillström Gallery , 2021, p. 3-20Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 12.
    Faxneld, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Ivan Aguéli the Esotericist in Reality and Fiction2021In: Anarchist, Artist, Sufi: The Politics, Painting, and Esotericism of Ivan Aguéli / [ed] Mark Sedgwick, London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2021, p. 45-54Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 13.
    Faxneld, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Martial Arts Spirituality in Sweden: The Occult Connection2021In: The Occult Nineteenth Century: Roots, Developments, and Impact on the Modern World / [ed] Lukas Pokorny; Franz Winter, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021, p. 221-243Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 14.
    Faxneld, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    'Mirages and visions in the air': Tyra Kleen and the paradoxes of esoteric art2021In: Approaching Religion, E-ISSN 1799-3121, Vol. 11, no 1, p. 63-76Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Around the year 1900, European discourse on art was becoming increasingly 'esotericized'. The 1890s saw esoteric art salons create a sensation in Paris, and art critics and theorists painted a picture of the true artist and the esotericist as overlapping figures. There was also at the time a conflict regarding mediumistic art, a phenomenon initially made popular through Spiritualist mediums. This debate, as we shall see, had interesting gendered dimensions. In what follows, I will discuss how the Swedish female esotericist and artist Tyra Kleen (1874-1951) attempted to situate herself in connection to the concept of the artist as a magus, and the tensions between the positive view of mediumism in Spiritualism and the more negative or cautious approach to it in Theosophy, as well as in relation to the attendant gender issues.

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  • 15.
    Faxneld, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Review of: Buddhist Modernities: Re-Inventing Tradition In The Globalizing World2021In: Religious Studies Review, ISSN 0319-485X, E-ISSN 1748-0922, Vol. 47, no 4, p. 555-555Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 16.
    Faxneld, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Review of: Eastspirit: Transnational Spirituality And Religious Circulation In East And West2021In: Religious Studies Review, ISSN 0319-485X, E-ISSN 1748-0922, Vol. 47, no 4, p. 552-552Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 17.
    Faxneld, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Rites of Reversal: Sverre Malling’s Rehabilitation of the Futures That Never Were2021In: Adieu to Old England, London: Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery , 2021, p. 15-30Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 18.
    Faxneld, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Spinster Satanism2021In: Hellebore, Vol. 3, no 6, p. 36-44Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 19.
    Faxneld, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Det ockulta sekelskiftet: esoteriska strömningar i Hilma af Klints tid2020 (ed. 1)Book (Other academic)
  • 20.
    Faxneld, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Kvinnligt ledarskap inom svensk spiritism runt år 19002020In: Kvinnligt religiöst ledarskap: En vänbok till Gunilla Gunner / [ed] Simon Sorgenfrei & David Thurfjell, Huddinge: Södertörns högskola, 2020, p. 123-135Chapter in book (Other academic)
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    Kvinnligt ledarskap inom svensk spiritism runt år 1900
  • 21.
    Faxneld, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Ockultism + Psykoanalys = sant?2020In: Modern psykologi, ISSN 2000-4087, no 9, p. 52-58Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 22.
    Faxneld, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Recension, Bengt af Klintberg: Vänster hand och motsols2020In: Svenska landsmål och svenskt folkliv, ISSN 0347-1837, Vol. 143, p. 249-252Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 23.
    Faxneld, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Teosofin, en ’öfverklass-sekt’?2020In: Arte et marte, ISSN 0284-1428, no 1, p. 16-19Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 24.
    Faxneld, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    Andliga krigare och sakraliserad träning2019In: Tidskriften Folkuniveristetet, ISSN 1400-190X, no 1, p. 6-7Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 25.
    Faxneld, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, The Study of Religions.
    Disciples of Hell: The History of Satanism2019In: The Routledge History of Witchcraft / [ed] Johannes Dillinger, London: Routledge, 2019, p. 332-348Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Satanism. The mere word conjures up all sorts of strange images: human sacrifice, sexual orgies and shadowy conspiracies. Unsurprisingly, as any scholar working on the topic will tell you, the reality of this phenomenon is more prosaic than what is commonly imagined. Certain aspects of it, which we will consider at the end of the chapter, are however almost as bizarre and startling as anything that can be imagined by paranoid Pentecostals or authors of lurid pulp horror. Between here and that point of extreme expressions, however, we first need to visit raucous English rakes, Romantic poets, anarchists, Decadents, a Danish dairy salesman, a supposed lion tamer and lover to Marilyn Monroe, a PSYOPS officer, and other colorful characters.

  • 26.
    Faxneld, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    The Naked Soul: Ecstasy, elitism and secrecy in the work of Stanislaw Przybyszewski2019In: Trans-States: The Art of Crossing Over / [ed] Cavan McLaughlin, Somerset: Fulgur Press , 2019, p. 131-143Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 27.
    Faxneld, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    Asian Traditions of Meditation. Edited By Halvor Eifring2018In: Religious Studies Review, ISSN 0319-485X, E-ISSN 1748-0922, Vol. 44, no 2, p. 237-237Article, book review (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 28.
    Faxneld, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    Dödsmässa: dekadenta berättelser / Stanisław Przybyszewski2018Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 29.
    Faxneld, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    Inledning2018In: Dödsmässa: Dekadenta berättelser / Stanisław Przybyszewski / [ed] Per Faxneld, Täby: Malört , 2018Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 30.
    Faxneld, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    ‘Only Poets and Occultists Believe in Them Just Now’: Fairies and the Modernist Crisis of Authorship2018In: The Occult in Modernist Art, Literature, and Cinema / [ed] Tessel M. Bauduin & Henrik Johnsson, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, p. 93-110Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    A fragmentation of self often informed the modernist quest for redefining the authorial self, a development explored in this chapter. The focus lies on the crisis of authorship as it manifested in the works of British writers and artists who claimed to have been inspired by fairies or even had their works produced by fairies. Occultist, antiquarian and artistic discourses concerning fairies could collide, as the chapter’s case study of William Butler Yeats shows. In a milieu where fairies were captured in photographs and cited as inspiration for paintings and literature, fairies could play an important role in experiments into fragmenting the authorial self, contributing to the modernist perception of the creative subject as passive and unstable, or even splintered, by ascribing artistic innovation to external entities.

  • 31.
    Faxneld, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    Stanisław Przybyszewski och satanismen2018In: Dödsmässa: Dekadenta berättelser / Stanisław Przybyszewski / [ed] Per Faxneld, Täby: Malört , 2018Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 32.
    Faxneld, Per
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    Sorgenfrei, Simon
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    Islamikat esoterism, islam och esoterism, esoterism och islam2017In: DIN: tidsskrift for religion og kultur, ISSN 1501-9934, E-ISSN 2387-6735, no 2, p. 7-9Article in journal (Other academic)
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  • 33.
    Faxneld, Per
    Mittuniversitetet.
    Massimo Introvigne: Satanism: a Social History. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, September 2016.2017In: Reading Religion, no March 7Article, book review (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 34.
    Faxneld, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    Moskébränder och förtryck av ädla påfågelsdyrkare: Islamreception bland några typer av svenska esoteriker2017In: DIN: tidsskrift for religion og kultur, ISSN 1501-9934, E-ISSN 2387-6735, no 2, p. 88-118Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    Artikeln diskuterar uppfattningar om islam i svenska esoteriska grupper med inriktning mot satanism och left-hand path. Den amerikanska bakgrunden till ateistiska satanisters synsätt skisseras och kontroverserna som omgivit black metal-låttexter med islamfientligt innehåll analyseras. Hyllandet av den islamikata minoritetsreligionen yezidism i Sveriges mest inflytelserika left-hand path-rörelse får exemplifiera esoterikers försök till interkulturell konkordans. Yezidier kan härvid lyftas fram av dessa som “Mellanösterns satanister.” Ett nyckeltema är esoterikers önskan att förbli opolitiska (eller åtminstone fjärmade från dagspolitiken). Detta, påvisar artikeln, ter sig dock i dag svåruppnåeligt när det gäller förhållningssätt till islam.

  • 35.
    Faxneld, Per
    Mittuniversitetet.
    Satanic feminism: Lucifer as the liberator of woman in nineteenth-century culture2017Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    According to the Bible, Eve was the first to heed Satan’s advice to eat of the forbidden fruit. The notion of woman as the Devil’s accomplice is prominent throughout the history of Christianity and has been used to legitimate the subordination of wives and daughters. During the nineteenth century, rebellious females performed counter-readings of this misogynist tradition. Hereby, Lucifer was reconceptualized as a feminist liberator of womankind, and Eve became a heroine. In these reimaginings, Satan is an ally in the struggle against a patriarchy supported by God the Father and his male priests. The book delineates how such Satanic feminism is expressed in a number of nineteenth-century esoteric works, literary texts, autobiographies, pamphlets and journals, newspaper articles, paintings, sculptures, and even artefacts of consumer culture such as jewellery. The analysis focuses on interfaces between esotericism, literature, art, and the political realm. New light is thus shed on neglected aspects of the intellectual history of feminism, Satanism, and revisionary mythmaking. The scope of the study makes it valuable not only for historians of religion but also for those with a general interest in cultural history (or specific aspects of it like gender history, romanticism, or decadent-symbolist art and literature).

  • 36.
    Faxneld, Per
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    Sorgenfrei, Simon
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    Öst är öst och väst är väst, och aldrig mötas de två?: Västerländsk esoterism, österländskt material – några metodologiska reflektioner2017In: DIN: tidsskrift for religion og kultur, ISSN 1501-9934, E-ISSN 2387-6735, no 2, p. 10-42Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    Föreliggande artikel syftar till att överföra analytiska modeller från det akademiska fältet västerländsk esoterism, på ett empiriskt exempel ur den islamikata kultursfären, närmare bestämt yezidiska traditioner och den yezidiska gruppen under det osmanska rikets tid och styre mellan cirka 1200–1900. Sedan en tid pågår diskussioner kring begreppet “esoterism” och huruvida detta ska förstås som en kulturspecifik kategori, eller om det snarare är ett transkulturellt begrepp. Trots att artikeln inte primärt syftar till att skriva in sig i denna diskussion tangerar den ämnet, varför vi inledningsvis berör de resonemang som pågår. Vår huvudsakliga ambition är istället att undersöka hur teoretiska landvinningar inom det akademiska fältet västerländsk esoterism, kan överföras på och berika exempelvis forskning om religion i Mellanöstern.

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  • 37.
    Faxneld, Per
    Mittuniversitetet.
    Förnuftet är en dålig guide: Sekularitet och andlighetsdiskurs inom östasiatiska kampkonster i Väst2016In: Aura. Tidskrift för akademiska studier av nyreligiositet, ISSN 2000-4419, Vol. 8, no 1, p. 57-89Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 38.
    Faxneld, Per
    Mittuniversitetet.
    Mona Lisa’s Mysterious Smile: The Artist Initiate in Esoteric New Religions2016In: Nova Religio, ISSN 1092-6690, E-ISSN 1541-8480, Vol. 19, no 4, p. 14-32Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The article discusses the view, held by many nineteenth-century authors, of Leonardo da Vinci as an esotericist, and his La Gioconda as mysterious, sinister and filled with hidden signs. This “esoterization” of the painting and its creator was part of a broader tendency to view artists, both historical and contemporary, as magicians and mystics in some sense. Hereby, art became integrated into the endeavors of various esoteric groups and thinkers, and an originally secular Renaissance work was absorbed into a nineteenth-century “occulture” or “cultic milieu.”

  • 39.
    Faxneld, Per
    Mittuniversitetet.
    The Death of the Author and the Birth of the Luciferian Reader: Ur-images, Postmodernity and Semiotic Self-Apotheosis2016In: Lux in Tenebris: The Visual and Symbolic in Western Esotericism / [ed] Peter Forshaw, Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2016, p. 425-446Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 40.
    Faxneld, Per
    Mittuniversitetet.
    Bleed for the Devil: Ritualized Self-Harm as Transgressive Practice in Contemporary Satanism, and the Re-enchantement of Late Modernity2015In: Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review, E-ISSN 1946-0538, Vol. 6, no 2, p. 165-196Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Using ethnographic method combined with analysis of primary sources like mass media appearances, song lyrics and websites, the article ex-amines ritualized self-injury in the Black Metal milieu. It is shown that this type of ascetic mortification is no aberration in the history of religions, but diverges from older forms of Satanism. Self-injury functions in Black Metal Satanism as a symbol of transgression and virile bravado, and as a means to display allegiance to the Satanic cause by permanently marking the body. It is typically described by practitioners as a blood sacrifice to Satan. This ritualization of self-injury, where it is explicitly framed as a practice completely different from anything occurring in a secular context, is part of a broader endeavor in the milieu, which seeks to re-enchant a late modernity perceived to be devoid of spiritual values. Increasing mass media attention to self-injury, there postulated as a (secular) mental health problem among adolescent girls, has therefore lessened its usefulness as a sacralized and masculine transgressive symbol. This, it is argued, explains the declining emphasis on it in the Satanic milieu in recent years.

  • 41.
    Faxneld, Per
    Stockholms universitet.
    Djävulen som kvinnans befriare: Om en drastisk feministisk strategi , ca 1880–19302015In: Tidsskrift for kjønnsforskning, ISSN 0809-6341, E-ISSN 1891-1781, Vol. 39, no 2, p. 111-129Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The article discusses how feminists, in particular in the period circa 1880–1930, have employed Satanism (i.e., a positive portrayal of the Devil) as a strategy in their endeavors. The central theme in this context is the construction of a counter-myth to the hegemonic Christian myth of Eve’s interaction with the Serpent/Satan in the Garden of Eden. This narrative has traditionally been used by conservative Christians to legitimate the subjugation of women. By making Eve and the Serpent heroic rebels against an oppressive patriarchal God, the social implications of the original myth are attacked. An important background for much of this insurrectionist rhetoric was the esoteric and pro-Satanic counter-myth constructed by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, chief ideologist of the influential Theosophical Society. Equally crucial was the fact that Satanism, as the article demonstrates, was well-established as a language of resistance, and had been employed by dissidents like Shelley and various socialists to provoke the bourgeoisie and display a complete rejection of hegemonic discourses. Concluding the article is a discussion of the paradoxes inherent when a counter-discourse is created, such as the reification and perpetuation of existent mythologies.

  • 42.
    Faxneld, Per
    Mittuniversitetet.
    Esotericism in Modernity, and the Lure of the Occult Elite: The Seekers of the Zum schwarzen Ferkel circle2015In: Vigeland + Munch: Behind the Myths / [ed] Trine Otte Bak Nielsen, Antwerpen: Mercatorfonds , 2015, p. 92-105Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 43.
    Faxneld, Per
    Mittuniversitetet.
    Kom, Ondska, bliv mitt goda: Black metal-nyreligiositet och motdiskursens ordning2015In: DIN: tidsskrift for religion og kultur, ISSN 1501-9934, E-ISSN 2387-6735, Vol. 17, no 1, p. 62-94Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The article discusses the innovative form of Satanism that arose in theNordic Black Metal milieu around 1989–1990. Its focus on theistic wor-ship of Satan, and evil as the highest value, set it apart from most otherknown forms of Satanism. Drawing on fanzines, records and interviews,it is demonstrated that this counter-discourse positioned itself in oppo-sition to LaVeyan Satanism – which was perceived as too humanitarian,positive and soft – to a greater extent than it focused on anti-Christianpolemics. The possible influence of role-playing games is also scruti-nized, and it is found that there are certain connections between BlackMetal Satanism and this phenomenon. Finally, the paradoxes inherentin a counter-discursive project like the celebration of evil are highlighted.

  • 44.
    Faxneld, Per
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet.
    Sorgenfrei, Simon
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    Om ondskans undflyende natur2015In: DIN: tidsskrift for religion og kultur, ISSN 1501-9934, E-ISSN 2387-6735, no 1, p. 7-13Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 45.
    Faxneld, Per
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet.
    Petersen, Jesper Aa.
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway.
    Cult of Carnality: Sexuality, Eroticism, and Gender in Contemporary Satanism2014In: Sexuality and new religious movements / [ed] Henrik Bogdan & James R. Lewis, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, p. 165-181Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 46. Faxneld, Per
    Internalizing the Femme Fatale?: Self-dramatization and Symbolic Resistance to Religious More in France and Italy, ca 1870-19322014In: Vile women: female evil in fact, fiction and mythology / [ed] Anthony Patterson & Marilena Zackheos, Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2014Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 47. Faxneld, Per
    Keine menschliche Macht engt ihn ein: Die Esoterisierung des avantgardistischen Kunstdiskurses im Berlin der Jahrhundertwende2014In: Akseli Gallen-Kallela & Berlin: die historischen Schichten der Gemälde, Espoo: Gallen-Kallela Museum , 2014, p. 70-81Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 48.
    Faxneld, Per
    Stockholms universitet.
    Satanic Feminism: Lucifer as the Liberator of Woman in Nineteenth-Century Culture2014Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    According to the Bible, Eve was the first to heed Satan’s advice to eat of the forbidden fruit. The notion of woman as the Devil’s accomplice is prominent throughout the history of Christianity. During the nineteenth century, rebellious females performed counter-readings of this misogynist tradition. Hereby, Lucifer was reconceptualised as a feminist liberator of womankind, and Eve became a heroine. In these reimaginings, Satan is an ally in the struggle against a patriarchy supported by God the Father and his male priests.

    This study delineates how such Satanic feminism is expressed in a number of nineteenth-century esoteric works, literary texts, autobiographies, pamphlets and journals, newspaper articles, paintings, sculptures and even artefacts of consumer culture such as jewellery.

    In the material, four motifs in particular are prominent: 1) interpretations of Eve’s role in the fall of man as something positive, 2) the witch as a proto-feminist figure, 3) the demon lover as an emancipator, 4) a feminised Satan contrasted with an oppressive male God. A fifth and less central motif is conceptions of Lilith, according to Jewish lore the unruly first wife of Adam, as the first feminist.

    The analysis focuses on interfaces between esotericism and the political realm, as well as the interdependence of literature and the occult. New light is thus shed on neglected aspects of the intellectual history of feminism, Satanism and revisionary mythmaking. The study is informed by theories concerning counter-readings, counter-discourses and counter-myths, and in particular highlights the complex interplay of such phenomena and the hegemonic discourses that demonised feminism. A key theme in this context is the limits and paradoxes of inversion as a subversive strategy.

  • 49.
    Faxneld, Per
    Stockholms universitet.
    "In Communication With the Powers of Darkness": Satanism in Turn-of-the-century Denmark, and Its Use as a Legitimating Device in Present-day Esotericism2013In: Occultism in a Global Perspective / [ed] Henrik Bogdan and Gordan Djurdjevic, Durham: Acumen Publishing, 2013, p. 57-78Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 50.
    Faxneld, Per
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet.
    Petersen, Jesper Aa.
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway.
    Introduction: At the Devil’s Crossroads2013In: The Devil’s Party: Satanism in Modernity / [ed] Faxneld, Per & Petersen, Jesper Aa., New York: Oxford University Press, 2013, p. 3-18Chapter in book (Refereed)
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