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The invention of telepathy, 1870-1901

Author: Roger Luckhurst
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
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"The Invention of Telepathy explores one of the enduring concepts to emerge from the late nineteenth century. Telepathy was coined by Frederic Myers in 1882. He defined it as 'the communication of any kind from one mind to another, independently of the recognised channels of sense'. By 1901 it had become a disputed phenomenon amongst physical scientists yet was the 'royal road' to the unconscious mind. Telepathy was  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Roger Luckhurst
ISBN: 0199249628 9780199249626
OCLC Number: 50229630
Description: viii, 324 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Terrains of emergence, 1870-1882. The settlement of scientific naturalism ; Institutions of science ; Fragilities ; William Crookes : chemist, spectroscopist, and spiritualist ; Dirty tricks? ; The Darwin séance, 1874 ; The Lankester séance and the Trial of Henry Slade, 1876 ; The Psychological Society of Great Britain, 1875-1879 ; Sociological pathways : founding the Society for Psychical Research --
Coining telepathy : concept and elaboration, 1882-1901. Immediate resources : mind-readers and parlour games ; Black-boxing telepathy ; Discursive levers I : the physics of inter-phenomena ; Discursive levers II : vanishing points in fin-de-siècle psychology ; The Myers synthesis : telepathy and the subliminal consciousness ; Out of the knot, and into the territory --
Making connections : W.T. Stead's occult economies. High and low ; 'In touch with life at all points' : Stead's trajectory ; Affective journalism ; The edge of the electric future ; The tie that binds the world --
Telepathic doxai : knowledge and belief at the imperial margin. 'Where are the letters?' ; The phantasmal empire ; Andrew Lang : psycho-folklorist ; Mary Kingsley and the 'capacity to think in black' ; Rudyard Kipling's gossip-tales --
Psychical research and the late Victorian gothic. Generic reactions : the resistance to theory? ; Degrees of ambivalence : Robert Louis Stevenson ; Grant Allen ; Arthur Machen ; Trance-texts : distant influence as gothic trope ; Remote control Victorians : The beetle and Dracula --
The woman sensitive : nerves, new women, and Henry James. 'The finer characters of psychic life' ; Valences of the new woman ; Entanglements with mediums ; 'I too was a "sensitive"' : William, Henry, and Alice James ; After 1890 : the psychical Jameses ; Henry James's romances of occult relation --
Afterlives, 1901-1934. The death and life of Frederic Myers ; Modernism, psychism, and the occult revival ; Cross-correspondence and collage ; Freud's little local difficulty.
Responsibility: Roger Luckhurst.
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