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The Invention of Telepathy


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Introduction 1: Terrains of Emergence, 1870-1882 2: Coining Telepathy: Concept and Elaboration, 1882-1901 3: Making Connections: W. T. Stead's Occult Economies 4: Telepathic Doxai: Knowledge and Belief at the Imperial Margin 5: Psychical Research and the Late-Victorian Gothic 6: The Woman-Sensitive: Nerves, New Women and Henry James 7: Afterlives, 1901-34 Index

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Roger Luckhurst is Lecturer in English, Birkbeck College, University of London, and co-editor of Roger of The Fin-de-Siecle (OUP, 2000).


... crammed with interesting facts ... its interdisciplinarity renders The Invention of Telepathy such an impressive and valuable book ... [Luckhurst's] elegant readings of a number of literary texts - most notably his splendid explication of Bram Stoker's Dracula - prove him an adept literary critic as well as an astute cultural historian. MODERNISM/modernity What makes The Invention of Telepathy such a vital resource is its own ambitious border-work at the thresholds of cultural history, literary studies, philosophical enquiry, feminist investigation, and post-colonial interrogation. Luckhurst not only illuminates the aggregated knowledges of late Victorian and early modernist society, but also resonantly redraws our sense of the technologies and imperatives of contemporary culture. Consciousness, Literature and the Arts Luckhurst's book asks exactly the kinds of question that will generate exciting new debates and researches on 'marginal' sciences ... an important addition to a growing number of studies. British Journal for the History of Science ... a refreshing approach to the well-trodden history of early psychical research. British Journal for the History of Science ... a treasure trove of diverse material, presented with interdisciplinary ease. Times Higher Education Supplement Fine cultural history. David McAllister, Times Literary Supplement Roger Luckhurst's The Invention of Telepathy comes at the disturbing story of modern psychic experiments through rich, overlapping layers of social and intellectual history and makes comprehensible what otherwise seem eccentricities and even folly on the part of scientists and thinkers. Marina Warner, "Books of the Year", Times Literary Supplement Luckhurst's densely worked argument picks up and knots the trailing threads in a carpet where figures of imperialist fantasy, technological terror and scientific speculation can be glimpsed side by side ... lucid and richly layered study. Marina Warner, London Review of Books

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