Literature, Technology and Magical Thinking, 1880-1920 by Pamela Thurschwell
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Literature, Technology and Magical Thinking, 1880-1920
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Literature, Technology and Magical Thinking, 1880-1920

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Literature, Technology and Magical Thinking, 1880-1920 by Pamela Thurschwell

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In this 2001 book Pamela Thurschwell examines the intersection of literary culture, the occult and new technology at the fin-de-siecle. Thurschwell argues that technologies began suffusing the public imagination from the mid-nineteenth century on: they seemed to support the claims of spiritualist mediums. Talking to the dead and talking on the phone both held out the promise of previously unimaginable contact between people: both seemed to involve 'magical thinking'. Thurschwell looks at the ways in which psychical research, the scientific study of the occult, is reflected in the writings of such authors as Henry James, George du Maurier and Oscar Wilde, and in the foundations of psychoanalysis. This study offers provocative interpretations of fin-de-siecle literary and scientific culture in relation to psychoanalysis, queer theory and cultural history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521801683
ISBN-10: 0521801680
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 5-Jul-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Pamela Thurschwell

Pamela Thurschwell is a lecturer in twentieth century literature at University College London.

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