Spiritualism and Women's Writing: From the Fin De Siecle to the Neo-Victorian (BOK)

Tatiana Kontou

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This original and imaginative study examines the influence of Victorian spiritualism and Psychical Research on a variety of modern and contemporary female authors. It explores both the material and ghostly connections between women's writing - particularly the work of Michele Roberts, A.S. Byatt, Victoria Glendinning and Sarah Waters - and the practice of mediumship in the nineteenth century. For the first time, it provides a sustained analysis of how and why the haunted world of Victorian spiritualism has been appropriated and reimagined in late twentieth-century fiction. In addition, it shows how many of the apparently unprecedented innovations of modernism are in fact already present in the rituals, performances and documents of the Victorian seance. Supported by compelling archival research throughout, the book not only demonstrates how a unique selection of nineteenth- and twentieth-century texts are bound together by phantasmal ties but also shows how spiritualism forces us to reconsider our wider understanding of history, narrative and the afterlife.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2009 Forfatter Tatiana Kontou
ISBN 9780230200050
Antall sider 256 Dimensjoner 14,2cm x 22,3cm x 2cm
Vekt 467 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Literary essays, Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900 , Spiritualism, Gender studies: women