am 20. März 2014
The book is very insightful. What I enjoyed most is the fact, that the authors avoid to come up with clear cut hypothesis. This approach mirrors perfectly well Aleister Crowley`s ambivalent personality. Yet, it would have been nice, if at least one scholar would have dared to approach Crowley from a queer theory perspective. Would be interesting to read a close analysis about Crowley`s idea on gender - questioning the duality, performing travesty as well as hegemonic masculinity ... etc. with fresh, up-to-date analytical vocabulary.
To publish a book in 2012 and not include at least one female scholar into the publication is problematic. One could argue: There had not been one female scholar around - well, the publishers should have particularly approached female scholars within studies of Western Esotericism and thus not remain within there male circle of scholar-friends. Or, they should have asked themselves and hence in the introduction of the book, why studies of Western Esotericism brings about such a male dominated discourse.