By Marlene Tromp
Altered States examines the increase of Spiritualism—the faith of séances, mediums, and ghostly encounters—in the Victorian interval and the position it performed in undermining either conventional girl roles and the rhetoric of imperialism. concentrating on a specific type of séance event—the full-form materialization—and the our bodies of the younger, lady mediums who played it, Marlene Tromp argues that during the altered kingdom of the séance new methods of figuring out id and relationships grew to become attainable. This not just demonstrably formed the taking into consideration the Spiritualists, but in addition the preferred cognizance of the interval. In diaries, letters, newspaper debts, medical experiences, and well known fiction, Tromp uncovers proof that the novel perspectives offered within the religion permeated and inspired mainstream Victorian thought.
Marlene Tromp is affiliate Professor of English at Denison college. She is the coeditor (with Pamela ok. Gilbert and Aeron Haynie) of past Sensation: Mary Elizabeth Braddon in Context, additionally released via SUNY Press, and the writer of the non-public Rod: Marital Violence, Sensation, and the legislations in Victorian Britain.
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Altered States: Sex, Nation, Drugs, and Self-Transformation in Victorian Spiritualism (SUNY series, Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century) by Marlene Tromp