By Marlene Tromp

ISBN-10: 0791467392

ISBN-13: 9780791467398

ISBN-10: 0791467406

ISBN-13: 9780791467404

Considers the function of Spiritualism in Victorian culture.

Altered States examines the increase of Spiritualism—the faith of séances, mediums, and ghostly encounters—in the Victorian interval and the position it performed in undermining either conventional girl roles and the rhetoric of imperialism. targeting a selected type of séance event—the full-form materialization—and the our bodies of the younger, woman mediums who played it, Marlene Tromp argues that during the altered kingdom of the séance new methods of figuring out identification and relationships turned attainable. This not just demonstrably formed the contemplating the Spiritualists, but additionally the preferred realization of the interval. In diaries, letters, newspaper bills, medical studies, and renowned fiction, Tromp uncovers proof that the novel perspectives provided within the religion permeated and encouraged mainstream Victorian thought.

Marlene Tromp is affiliate Professor of English at Denison collage. She is the coeditor (with Pamela ok. Gilbert and Aeron Haynie) of past Sensation: Mary Elizabeth Braddon in Context, additionally released via SUNY Press, and the writer of the non-public Rod: Marital Violence, Sensation, and the legislation in Victorian Britain.

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