Transatlantic Spiritualism and Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Overview

Why did so many Americans visit and write about, séances? What are the connections between the 'emergence' of spiritualism in 1848 and earlier kinds of supernatural phenomena? This book asks about the cultural and political meanings of spiritualism in the 19th century United States. In order to re-assess both transatlantic spiritualism and the culture in which it emerged, Bennett locates spiritualism within a highly technologized transatlantic capitalist culture. She argues that, through performances in which the...

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Overview

Why did so many Americans visit and write about, séances? What are the connections between the 'emergence' of spiritualism in 1848 and earlier kinds of supernatural phenomena? This book asks about the cultural and political meanings of spiritualism in the 19th century United States. In order to re-assess both transatlantic spiritualism and the culture in which it emerged, Bennett locates spiritualism within a highly technologized transatlantic capitalist culture. She argues that, through performances in which the dead speak through and to the living, white Americans' most profound anxieties about political and cultural dispossession, especially of Indians, are articulated.

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"Bennett's Transatlantic Spiritualism and Nineteenth-Century American Literature bristles with valuable insights that will transform our understanding of nineteenth-century spiritualism and its occluded Others."—Susan Castillo, King's College, London
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403978004
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Bridget Bennett is Professor of American Literature and Culture in the School of English, University of Leeds, U.K. She is author of The Damnation of Harold Frederic (1997) and editor of Ripples of Dissent (1996) and Twelve Months in an English Prison (2003.) She is co-editor of Grub Street to the Ivory Tower (1998) and Special Relationships (2002.)

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Table of Contents

The Apparitional Past * Crossing Over: The Spiritualist Atlantic
• Revolutionary Spirits: The Persistence of the Occult
• Sacred Theatres: The Spiritist Performances of Shakerism in the 1830s and 1840s
• Spirited Away: The Death of Little Eva and the Farewell Performances of Katie King
• "There is no Death": Spiritualism and the Civil War
• Spiritualism's Afterlife

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