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Gísli MagnússonEsotericism as the Key to a More Comprehensive Understanding of Peter Høeg’s The Quiet Girl

In 2006, Peter Høeg presented his new novel, The Quiet Girl. In literary criticism – both in Denmark and internationally – Peter Høeg’s novel was interpreted as a work by a religious preacher. Moreover, his relationship to spiritual thinker Jes Bertelsen was sharply criticized, since Høeg was perceived as the mouthpiece of a guru. Neither this analysis nor the designation of Høeg as an exponent of the new age movement do justice to The Quiet Girl. By understanding the epistemology and structure of thought of esotericism, it becomes possible to understand the discourses that form the basis of the novel. Thus, the novel is analysed as a work in its own right and not as the result of an erroneous world view. Esotericism, thereby, emerges as the tertium comparationis that demonstrates to which larger movement both Høeg and Bertelsen belong.

Keywords: Esotericism, spirituality, Peter Høeg, Jes Bertelsen, feminism
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