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Possessed Victorians : Extra Spheres in Nineteenth-Century Mystical Writings [review]

Edwards, S.M. (2007) Possessed Victorians : Extra Spheres in Nineteenth-Century Mystical Writings [review]. [Review]

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Abstract

This lively and important study opens on a vision seen by a 'sister in the New Life', a Swedenborgian cult. This 'sister' recounts the formation of a new community in which fairies or 'fays' can 'move into a person's breast . . .[and] then clearing a space . . . begin to build their house' after which 'little baby fays would be born' (p. 1).Willburn traces connections between these and other such apparently marginal and eccentric practicesçastral travel, table-rapping, mediumshipçand the models of individual selfhood found in liberal political theory and in the Victorian novel. Her study builds on a growing body of scholarship that reveals the widespread in£uence of occult practices on Victorian imaginings of community.

Item type: Review
ID code: 18075
Notes: This article is a review of "Possessed Victorians: Extra Spheres in Nineteenth-Century Mystical Writings" by Sarah A. Willburn. Pp. xii + 170 (The Nineteenth Century Series). Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, 2006.
Keywords: English literature, Victorian, 19th century, mystical, writing, English literature, Linguistics and Language, Language and Linguistics, Literature and Literary Theory
Subjects: Language and Literature > English literature
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Humanities > English
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Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2010 14:04
Last modified: 28 May 2014 11:05
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/18075

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