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Possessed victorians: extra spheres in nineteenth-century mystical writings

Edwards, S.M. (2007) Possessed victorians: extra spheres in nineteenth-century mystical writings. Review of English Studies, 58 (237). pp. 752-753. ISSN 0034-6551

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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: Article
ID code: 18075
Keywords: English literature, Victorian, 19th century, mystical, writing, English literature
Subjects: Language and Literature > English literature
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Humanities > English
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    Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2010 14:04
    Last modified: 04 Oct 2012 13:01

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