The Invention of Telepathy

Hardcover | June 15, 2002

byRoger Luckhurst

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The Invention of Telepathy explores one of the enduring concepts to emerge from the late nineteenth century. Telepathy was coined by Frederic Myers in 1882. He defined it as 'the communication of any kind from one mind to another, independently of the recognised channels of sense'. By 1901 ithad become a disputed phenomenon amongst physical scientists yet was the 'royal road' to the unconscious mind. Telepathy was discussed by eminent men and women of the day, including Sigmund Freud, Thomas Huxley, Henry and William James, Mary Kingsley, Andrew Lang, Vernon Lee, W. T. Stead, and OscarWilde. Did telepathy signal evolutionary advance or possible decline? Could it be a means of binding the Empire closer together, or was it used by natives to subvert imperial communications? Were women more sensitive than men, and if so why? Roger Luckhurst investigates these questions in anexciting and accessible study that mixes history of science with cultural history and literary analysis.

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The Invention of Telepathy explores one of the enduring concepts to emerge from the late nineteenth century. Telepathy was coined by Frederic Myers in 1882. He defined it as 'the communication of any kind from one mind to another, independently of the recognised channels of sense'. By 1901 ithad become a disputed phenomenon amongst phy...

Roger Luckhurst is Lecturer in English, Birkbeck College, University of London, and co-editor of Roger of The Fin-de-Siecle (OUP, 2000).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:334 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.92 inPublished:June 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199249628

ISBN - 13:9780199249626

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Terrains of Emergence, 1870-18822. Coining Telepathy: Concept and Elaboration, 1882-19013. Making Connections: W. T. Stead's Occult Economies4. Telepathic Doxai: Knowledge and Belief at the Imperial Margin5. Psychical Research and the Late-Victorian Gothic6. The Woman-Sensitive: Nerves, New Women and Henry James7. Afterlives, 1901-34Index