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Victorian women and the theatre of trance : mediums, spiritualists and mesmerists in performance

Author: Amy Lehman
Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Spiritualists in the nineteenth century spoke of the "Borderland," a shadowy threshold where the living communed with the dead, and where those in the material realm could receive comfort or advice from another world. The skilled performances of mostly female actors and performers made the "Borderland" a theatre, of sorts, in which dramas of revelation and recognition were produced in the forms of seances, trances,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Amy Lehman
ISBN: 9780786434794 0786434791
OCLC Number: 424454763
Description: ix, 202 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Victorian theatre and theatricality in Victorian culture --
The Victorian woman as actress and the roles she played --
Mesmer and Charcot : the trance performance as medical show --
The performances of Elizabeth O'Key : the medical theatre of mesmerism --
"Double consciousness" in acting theory and trance state --
"Call me Gypsy" : Anna Cora Mowatt's trance performances --
The rise of spiritualism and the Fox sisters --
Séance as theatre --
Spirit travels to distant times and places --
Cora L.V. Richmond : spiritualist trance star --
The performance of "Ouina" and the racial "other" --
Spiritualism crosses over to England : Florence Cook and the materialization séance --
"Katie King" and Robert Dale Owen --
Materialization, ectoplasm and realism.
Responsibility: Amy Lehman.

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