Wireless Ego

Jeffrey Sconce

in Broadcasting Modernism

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033495
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038315 | DOI:
Wireless Ego

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The most prominent link between wireless and psychoanalysis, its chief avenue of conceptual exchange, was through the science of telepathy. Telepathy can be seen as the third and perhaps even dominant science of occult communications intertwined with the simultaneous growth of wireless and psychoanalysis in the early years of the century. This chapter looks more closely at these telepathic exchanges, especially as this occult braiding of radio, telepathy, and psychoanalysis became more prominent in the wake of World War I. Much like the growth of Spiritualism in the wake of America's Civil War, the incalculable loss of the Great War provoked a resurgence of interest in a variety of occult phenomena. Underlying psychoanalysis, telepathy, and wireless was a shared foundation in energetic speculation about the transference of thought, an attempt to explain seemingly occult phenomena in the air and in the mind through the language of scientific naturalism.

Keywords: wireless; psychoanalysis; telepathy; occult phenomena; war; scientific naturalism

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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