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The Mystical Life of Franz KafkaTheosophy, Cabala, and the Modern Spiritual Revival$
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June O. Leavitt

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199827831

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827831.001.0001

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The Clairvoyant States of Franz Kafka

The Clairvoyant States of Franz Kafka

1 The Clairvoyant States of Franz Kafka
The Mystical Life of Franz Kafka

June O. Leavitt

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the classical theory about clairvoyance and contrasts it to Kafka’s confession to Rudolph Steiner about being clairvoyant and to the discourse on clairvoyance popularized by the modern Theosophical movement. The chapter analyzes the statement that Kafka made to Steiner during their meeting that his soul yearned for “Theosophy,” in light of the tremendous impact which the founder of modern Theosophy, Madame H.P. Blavatsky, made on European arts, literature and culture.

Keywords:   Kafka, Rudolph Steiner, theosophy, prague, occult, psychic, mystical state, mystical experience, abstract expressionism, spiritualism

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