Altered States: Sex, Nation, Drugs, and Self-Transformation in Victorian Spiritualism

Altered States: Sex, Nation, Drugs, and Self-Transformation in Victorian Spiritualism

by Marlene Tromp

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ISBN-13: 9780791481936
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 09/18/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Marlene Tromp is Associate Professor of English at Denison University. She is the coeditor (with Pamela K. Gilbert and Aeron Haynie) of Beyond Sensation: Mary Elizabeth Braddon in Context, also published by SUNY Press, and the author of The Private Rod: Marital Violence, Sensation, and the Law in Victorian Britain.

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     IX
Acknowledgments     XI
Introduction: Performing Readings     1
Spirit Made Flesh
Spirited Sexuality: Sex, Marriage, and Victorian Spiritualism     21
Wedding Stories/Ghost Stories     49
Ghosts of Home
Ghostly Erotics and Imperialism in the Victorian Drawing Room     75
Economics, Race, and the Specter of Class     97
Drunk with Power: Stories of Ghostly Others     129
Transforming the Self
Under the Influence: The Fox Sisters and Pernicious Spirits     151
Haunted: Elizabeth d'Esperance, Social Justice, and the Evolution of Mediumship     181
Notes     201
Bibliography     213
Index     225

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