The Magical Imagination: Magic and Modernity in Urban England, 1780-1914 (BOK)

Karl Bell

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This innovative history of popular magical mentalities in nineteenth-century England explores the dynamic ways in which the magical imagination helped people to adjust to urban life. Previous studies of modern popular magical practices and supernatural beliefs have largely neglected the urban experience. Karl Bell, however, shows that the magical imagination was a key cultural resource which granted an empowering sense of plebeian agency in the nineteenth-century urban environment. Rather than portraying magical beliefs and practices as a mere enclave of anachronistic 'tradition' and the fantastical as simply an escapist refuge from the real, he reveals magic's adaptive and transformative qualities and the ways in which it helped ordinary people navigate, adapt to and resist aspects of modern urbanization. Drawing on perspectives from cultural anthropology, sociology, folklore and urban studies, this is a major contribution to our understanding of modern popular magic and the lived experience of modernization and urbanization.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2012 Forfatter Karl Bell
Forlag
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
ISBN 9781107002005
Antall sider 308 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,8cm x 2cm
Vekt 630 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form British & Irish history, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900