Arthur Versluis

January 26, 2001

Arthur Versluis
Arthur Versluis has taught and written on a wide range of topics, from American agrarianism and Christian esotericism to contemplative traditions and practices. He is very interested in the philosophy of teaching and in the contemporary plight of the humanities, as well as in the central role that first-year writing courses play in university education. He has taught Writing: American Radical Thought and honors courses, as well as other versions of first-year writing at other institutions. Versluis has lectured on such subjects as American Transcendentalism and Asian religions, esotericism, mysticism, and mythology at the University of Dusseldorf, Germany; the Sorbonne, France; in London; and in Australia. He has also taught creative writing and a variety of courses that integrate the study of religion and writing. He developed an innovative course in Religious Studies at Michigan State--the first survey of Western esotericism taught in the United States.
Versluis is also a founding member of the Association for the Study of Esotericism, and is the editor-in-chief of Esoterica, an electronic journal devoted to the academic study of esotericism. Versluis has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship to Germany. Among his published works are: The Esoteric Origins of the American Renaissance; Wisdom's Book: The Sophia Anthology; Wisdom's Children: A Christian Esoteric Tradition; and American Transcendentalism and Asian Religions.

His family owns a multi-generational farm on the west side of Grand Rapids, Michigan, about which he has published a novel entitled Island Farm. Dr. Versluis earned his Ph.D from the University of Michigan and is Professor of Writing, Rhetoric and American Culture at Michigan State University.

For more information on the journal, Esoterica, please visit this website:

To hear Versluis read from his own work, please visit the Vincent Voice Library, here.

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