Trance Speakers: Femininity and Authorship in Spiritual Seances, 1850-1930

Trance Speakers: Femininity and Authorship in Spiritual Seances, 1850-1930

by Claudie Massicotte

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780773549920
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 05/17/2017
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author


Claudie Massicotte is assistant professor of theory and criticism and director of interdisciplinary studies at Young Harris College.

Table of Contents

Figures vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 3

Part 1 Historical and Theoretical Perspectives on Female Mediumship

1 Historical Context: Séances and Mediumship in Canada 21

2 Framework: Interpreting Mediums' Discourses as Unconscious Communications 42

Part 2 Femininity and Authorship Among Canadian and Transnational Mediums

3 Healing: Mediums and Medicine 67

4 Writing: Mediums and Literary Creativity 93

5 Speaking: Mediums in the Public Sphere 121

6 Performing: Mediums, Science, and the Speaking Body 151

Conclusion: The Legacies of Spiritual Communications 192

Afterword: The Afterlife of Canada's Ghosts 199

Notes 201

Bibliography 237

Index 263

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