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- DescriptionIn this 2001 book Pamela Thurschwell examines the intersection of literary culture, the occult and new techlogy at the fin-de-siecle. Thurschwell argues that techlogies began suffusing the public imagination from the mid-nineteenth century on: they seemed to support the claims of spiritualist mediums. Talking to the dead and talking on the phone both held out the promise of previously unimaginable contact between people: both seemed to involve 'magical thinking'. Thurschwell looks at the ways in which psychical research, the scientific study of the occult, is reflected in the writings of such authors as Henry James, George du Maurier and Oscar Wilde, and in the foundations of psychoanalysis. This study offers provocative interpretations of fin-de-siecle literary and scientific culture in relation to psychoanalysis, queer theory and cultural history.
- Author BiographyPamela Thurschwell is a lecturer in twentieth century literature at University College London.
- Author(s)Pamela Thurschwell
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication10/11/2005
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleCambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature & Culture
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 32
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight310 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Series Edited byGillian Beer
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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