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Spirits and spirituality in Victorian fiction / Jen Cadwallader.

Author/creator Cadwallader, Jen, 1979-
Format Book and Print
Publication Info New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
Descriptionpages cm
Subject(s)
Contents Introduction: Framing the Ghost Story -- 1. Physiology, Pharmacology, and the Ghost Stories of J.S. Le Fanu -- 2. Dickens's Ghosts and the Christmas Spirit -- 3. The Anatomy of Desire: Madness, Mesmerism, and the Specters of Female Sexuality -- 4. Mourning the Dead and the Rise of the New Faith -- Coda: Cecilia De Noël and the Triumph of Experience.
Abstract "Spirits and Spirituality in Victorian Fiction argues that supernatural encounters in nineteenth-century fiction show Victorians trying to achieve greater spiritual agency by adapting scientific theories to traditional Christianity. The increasing presence of ghosts across the nineteenth century - in fiction, newspaper accounts, séances, and magic shows - thus highlights a significant countercurrent to the general decline of faith during the period. Through examining ghost encounters in the fiction of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Charles Dickens, Margaret Oliphant, Rhoda Broughton, E. Nesbit, Rudyard Kipling, and others, this book demonstrates how the supernatural served as a site where a range of stances toward spirituality could be tested: from ambivalence toward both scientific and religious epistemologies to fascinating instances of spiritual evolution. Not only do fictional ghosts suggest that belief persisted despite an intellectual climate that often associated spirituality with credulity, but they also "-- Provided by publisher.
Abstract "Spirits and Spirituality in Victorian Fiction argues that supernatural encounters in nineteenth-century fiction show Victorians trying to achieve greater spiritual agency by adapting scientific theories to traditional Christianity. The increasing presence of ghosts across the nineteenth century - in fiction, newspaper accounts, séances, and magic shows - thus highlights a significant countercurrent to the general decline of faith during the period"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
Genre/formCriticism, interpretation, etc.
Genre/formHistory.
LCCN 2015028110
ISBN9781137559920
ISBN1137559926 (hardback)

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