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The Ashgate Research Companion to Nineteenth-Century Spiritualism and the Occult

Edited by: Tatiana Kontou , Sarah Willburn

Print publication date:  July  2012
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754669128
eBook ISBN: 9781315613352
Adobe ISBN: 9781317042280

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Critical attention to the Victorian supernatural has flourished over the last twenty-five years. Whether it is spiritualism or Theosophy, mesmerism or the occult, the dozens of book-length studies and hundreds of articles that have appeared recently reflect the avid scholarly discussion of Victorian mystical practices. Designed both for those new to the field and for experts, this volume is organized into sections covering the relationship between Victorian spiritualism and science, the occult and politics, and the culture of mystical practices. The Ashgate Research Companion to Nineteenth-Century Spiritualism and the Occult brings together some of the most prominent scholars working in the field to introduce current approaches to the study of nineteenth-century mysticism and to define new areas for research.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Recent Scholarship on Spiritualism and Science Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The Sciences of Spiritualism in Victorian Britain: Possibilities and Problems Download PDF
Chapter  3:  The Undead Author: Spiritualism, Technology and Authorship Download PDF
Chapter  4:  The Victorian Post-human: Transmission, Information and the Séance Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The Cross-Correspondences, the Nature of Evidence and the Matter of Writing Download PDF
Chapter  6:  The Evolution of Occult Spirituality in Victorian England and the Representative Case of Edward Bulwer-Lytton Download PDF
Chapter  7:  ‘Out of your clinging kisses … I create a new world’: Sexuality and Spirituality in the Work of Edward Carpenter Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Socialism and Occultism at the Fin de Siècle: Elective Affinities Download PDF
Chapter  9:  William James: Belief in Ghosts Download PDF
Chapter  10:  The Turn of the Gyres: Alterity in ‘The Gift of Harun Al-Rashid’ and A Thousand and One Nights  Download PDF
Chapter  11:  The Case of Florence Marryat: Custodian of the Spirit World/Popular Novelist Download PDF
Chapter  12:  ‘Gentleman Mountebanks’ and Spiritualists: Legal, Stage and Media Contest Between Magicians and Spirit Mediums in the United States and England Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Mirth as Medium: Spectacles of Laughter in the Victorian Séance Room Download PDF
Chapter  14:  ‘Eating, Feeding, and Flesh: Food in Victorian Spiritualism’ Download PDF
Chapter  15:  ‘The Dear Old Sacred Terror’: Spiritualism and the Supernatural from The Bostonians to The Turn of the Screw  Download PDF
Chapter  16:  ‘The Sublimation of Matter into Spirit’: Anna Mary Howitt’s Automatic Drawings  Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Viewing History and Fantasy through Victorian Spirit Photography Download PDF
Bibliography Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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