The Extraordinary Madame Blavatsky

$100.00

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky galvanized a coterie of Irish writers to engage with her works and insights, particularly A.E. George Russell (1867-1935) and William Butler Yeats (1865-1939).

Course text: Gary Lachman, Madame Blavatsky: Mother of Modern Spirituality-A Biography. (Publisher: Tarcher/Penguin 2012 (paperback)

4 Zoom sessions. Tuesdays. 2 pm -3:15 pm. March 7-28.

Class fee: $100

  • Online payment is strongly preferred. It automatically notifies the instructor and the director of the Irish College of your registration.
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Description

Infamously and endlessly controversial, the mythographer, mystic, seer, and author, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891) was a brilliant trickster guru. She inspired a spiritual revival with her books expounding a universal spiritual path: Isis Unveiled (1877) and The Secret Doctrine (1888). The co-founder of Theosophy in New York in 1875, Blavatsky articulated a myth of cosmic evolution and spiritual development that percolated irresistibly through a Western culture exhausted by materialism and dogmatically fossilized organized religion. She galvanized a coterie of Irish writers to engage with her works and insights, particularly A.E. George Russell (1867-1935) and William Butler Yeats (1865-1939). Both met her in London at her prime in the 1880s and both became over several decades the rival poles of the Irish Literary Renaissance.