Altered States: Sex, Nation, Drugs, and Self-Transformation by Marlene Tromp

By Marlene Tromp

Considers the position of Spiritualism in Victorian culture.

Altered States examines the increase of Spiritualism—the faith of séances, mediums, and ghostly encounters—in the Victorian interval and the function it performed in undermining either conventional woman roles and the rhetoric of imperialism. concentrating on a specific form of séance event—the full-form materialization—and the our bodies of the younger, woman mediums who played it, Marlene Tromp argues that during the altered country of the séance new methods of knowing id and relationships turned attainable. This not just demonstrably formed the considering the Spiritualists, but additionally the preferred cognizance of the interval. In diaries, letters, newspaper debts, clinical stories, and well known fiction, Tromp uncovers facts that the unconventional perspectives offered within the religion permeated and motivated mainstream Victorian thought.

Marlene Tromp is affiliate Professor of English at Denison college. She is the coeditor (with Pamela okay. Gilbert and Aeron Haynie) of past Sensation: Mary Elizabeth Braddon in Context, additionally released by way of SUNY Press, and the writer of the non-public Rod: Marital Violence, Sensation, and the legislation in Victorian Britain.

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