Phantasmagoria: Spirit Visions, Metaphors, and Media into the Twenty-first Century by Marina WarnerPhantasmagoria: Spirit Visions, Metaphors, and Media into the Twenty-first Century by Marina Warner

Phantasmagoria: Spirit Visions, Metaphors, and Media into the Twenty-first Century

byMarina Warner

Paperback | May 22, 2008

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Phantasmagoria explores ideas of spirit and soul since the Enlightenment; it traces metaphors that have traditionally conveyed the presence of immaterial forces, and reveals how such pagan and Christian imagery about ethereal beings is embedded in a logic of the imagination, clothing spiritsin the languages of air, clouds, light and shadow, glass, and ether itself. Moving from Wax to Film, the book discusses key questions of imagination and cognition, and probes the perceived distinctions between fantasy and deception; it uncovers a host of spirit forms -- angels, ghosts, fairies, revenants, and zombies -- that are still actively present in contemporaryculture. It reveals how their transformations over time illuminate changing idea about the self. Phantasmagoria also tells the accompanying story about the means used to communicate such ideas, and relates how the new technologies of the Victorian era were applied to figuring the invisible and theimpalpable, and how magic lanterns (the phantasmagoria shows themselves), radio, photography and then moving pictures spread ideas about spirit forces. As the story unfolds, the book features many eminent scientists and philosophers who applied their considerable energies to the question of other worlds and other states of mind: they staged trance seances in which mediums produced spirit phenomena, including ectoplasm. Phantasmagoria shows how thisoften surprising story connects with some of the important scientific discoveries of a fertile age, in psychology and physics, and continues to influence contemporary experience.
Marina Warner has written extensively on mythology and fairy tales. Her novels and works of criticism have won her the Fawcett Prize, a Booker Prize nomination, the Rosemary Crawshay Prize, and a Commonwealth Writer's Prize. Internationally she has been created Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French, Commendatore b...
Title:Phantasmagoria: Spirit Visions, Metaphors, and Media into the Twenty-first CenturyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.46 inPublished:May 22, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199239231

ISBN - 13:9780199239238


Table of Contents

PrologueIntroduction: The Logic of the ImaginaryI. Wax1. Living Likenesses, Death Masks2. Anatomies and Heroes: Madame Tussaud's3. On the Threshold: Sleeping BeautiesII. Air4. The Breath of Life5. Winged Spirits and Sweet AirsIII. Clouds6. Clouds of Glory7. Fata Morgana8. Very Like a Whale . . .IV. Light9. The Eye of the Imagination10. Fancy's Images; Insubstantial PageantsV. Shadow11. Phantasmagoria or, Darkness Visible12. The Origin of Painting or, the Corinthian MaidVI. Mirror13. The Danger in the Mirror: Narcissus14. Double Vision15. The Camera Steals the SoulVII. Ghost16. 'Stay This Moment': Julia Margaret Cameron and Charles Dodgson17. Spectral Rappers, Psychic Photographers18. Phantoms to the Test: The Society for Psychical ResearchVIII. Ether19. Soul Vibrations or, The Fluidic Invisible20. Time Travel and Other Selves21. Exotic Visitors, Multiple Lives22. Touching the UnknownIX. Ectoplasm23. Materializing Mediums: The Quest for Ectoplasm24. The Rorschach Test, or Dirty PicturesX. Film25. Nice Life, an Extra's26. Disembodied Eyes: The Culture of Apocalypse27. Our Zombies, Our SelvesConclusion

Editorial Reviews

`This book's enquiries are wide-ranging, pertinent and up-to- date. All Marina Warner's material is freshly and enticingly presented.'The Guardian, Hilary Mantel