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Ghosts of futures past : spiritualism and the cultural politics of nineteenth-century America

Author: Molly McGarry
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. ; London : University of California Press, 2008.
Series: A Simpson book in the humanities
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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More than an occult parlour game, 19th century American Spiritualism was a new religion, which channeled the voices of the dead, linked present with past, and conjured new worldly and otherworldly futures. Tracing the persistence of magic in an emergent culture of secularism, McGarry looks at this part of American cultural history.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Molly McGarry
ISBN: 9780520934061 0520934067 9780520252608 0520252608
OCLC Number: 808600760
Notes: "Simpson, imprint in humanities"--Preliminary page.
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 269 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Mourning, media, and the cultural politics of conjuring the dead --
Indian guides : haunted subjects and the politics of vanishing --
Spectral sexualities : free love, moral panic, and the making of U.S. obscenity law --
Mediomania : the spirit of science in a culture of belief and doubt --
Secular subjects : a queer genealogy of untimely sexualities.
Series Title: A Simpson book in the humanities
Responsibility: Molly McGarry.

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Guides readers through the uncanny world of nineteenth-century American spiritualism. More than an occult parlor game, this was a new religion. Tracing the persistence of magic in an emergent culture  Read more...

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"Ghosts of Futures Past offers a fresh and important perspective on significant issues in mid-nineteenth-century cultural history." The Journal Of American History 20090803

 
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