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Altered States examines the rise of Spiritualism—the religion of séances, mediums, and ghostly encounters—in the Victorian period and the role it played in undermining both traditional female roles and the rhetoric of imperialism. Focusing on a particular kind of séance event—the full-form materialization—and the bodies of the young, female mediums who performed it, Marlene Tromp argues that in the altered state of the séance new ways of understanding identity and relationships became possible. This not only demonstrably shaped the thinking of the Spiritualists, but also the popular consciousness of the period. In diaries, letters, newspaper accounts, scientific reports, and popular fiction, Tromp uncovers evidence that the radical views presented in the faith permeated and influenced mainstream Victorian thought.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. ALTERED STATES
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. ILLUSTRATIONS
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. INTRODUCTION: PERFORMING READINGS
  2. pp. 1-17
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  1. PART I: SPIRIT MADE FLESH
  2. p. 19
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  1. 1. SPIRITED SEXUALITY: SEX, MARRIAGE AND VICTORIAN SPIRITUALISM
  2. pp. 21-47
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  1. 2. WEDDING STORIES / GHOST STORIES
  2. pp. 49-72
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  1. PART II. GHOSTS OF HOME
  2. p. 73
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  1. 3. GHOSTLY EROTICS AND IMPERIALISM IN THE VICTORIAN DRAWING ROOM [Includes Image Plates]
  2. pp. 75-96
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  1. 4. ECONOMICS, RACE AND THE SPECTER OF CLASS
  2. pp. 97-128
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  1. 5. DRUNK WITH POWER: STORIES OF GHOSTLY OTHERS
  2. pp. 129-148
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  1. PART III. TRANSFORMING THE SELF
  2. p. 149
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  1. 6. UNDER THE INFLUENCE: THE FOX SISTERS AND PERNICIOUS SPIRITS
  2. pp. 151-179
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  1. 7.HAUNTED: ELIZABETH D’ESPERANCE, SOCIAL JUSTICE, AND THE EVOLUTION OF MEDIUMSHIP
  2. pp. 181-200
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  1. NOTES
  2. pp. 201-211
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  1. BIBLIOGRAPHY
  2. pp. 213-223
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 225-233
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780791481936
Related ISBN
9780791467398
MARC Record
OCLC
77176968
Pages
260
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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