Literature, Technology and Magical Thinking, 1880-1920: LITERATURE TECHNOLOGY & MAGICA by Pamela ThurschwellLiterature, Technology and Magical Thinking, 1880-1920: LITERATURE TECHNOLOGY & MAGICA by Pamela Thurschwell

Literature, Technology and Magical Thinking, 1880-1920: LITERATURE TECHNOLOGY & MAGICA

byPamela ThurschwellEditorGillian Beer

Paperback | November 10, 2005

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Thurschwell examines the intersection of literary culture, the occult and new technology at the fin-de-siècle. She argues that as new technologies, such as the telegraph and the telephone, began suffusing the public imagination from the mid-nineteenth century on, they seemed to support the claims of spiritualist mediums. Making unexpected connections between, for instance, speaking on the telephone and speaking to the dead, she examines how psychical research is reflected in the work of Henry James, George DuMaurier and Oscar Wilde among others.
Pamela Thurschwell is a lecturer in twentieth century literature at University College London.
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Title:Literature, Technology and Magical Thinking, 1880-1920: LITERATURE TECHNOLOGY & MAGICAFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.47 inPublished:November 10, 2005Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521022436

ISBN - 13:9780521022439

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Severing the wire: the Society for Psychical Research's experiments in intimacy; 2. New forms of outrage: hypnotic aesthetes and the 1890s; 3. 'That Imperial stomach is no seat for ladies': James's wars, James's ghosts; 4. Henry James and Theodora Bosanquet: on the typewriter, in the cage, at the Ouija board; 5. Psychoanalysis's dangerous proximities: telepathy, psychosis and the real event; Bibliography.

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"Thurschwell has written an original, important exploration..." English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920