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Modern Enchantments
By Simon During

Modern Enchantments

The Cultural Power of Secular Magic

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Modern Enchantments by Simon During

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Modern Enchantments takes us deeply into the history and workings of modern secular magic, from the legerdemain of Isaac Fawkes in 1720, to the return of real magic in nineteenth-century spiritualism, to the role of magic in the emergence of the cinema. Through the course of this history, During shows how magic performances have drawn together heterogeneous audiences, contributed to the molding of cultural hierarchies, and extended cultural technologies and media at key moments, sometimes introducing spectators to rationality and helping to disseminate skepticism and publicize scientific innovation. In a more revealing argument still, Modern Enchantments shows that magic entertainments have increased the sway of fictions in our culture and helped define modern society's image of itself.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674013711
ISBN-10: 0674013719
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 146mm x 25mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 2-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Simon During

Simon During is Australian Research Professor at the Centre for the History of European Discourses at The University of Queensland.

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