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Reading ghosts and reading texts: spiritualism

Andrew Smith

in The Ghost Story, 1840–1920

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780719074462
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700006 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719074462.003.0006
Reading ghosts and reading texts: spiritualism

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This chapter addresses the issue of how to read and critically decode spectral messages. It analyses the literary qualities of spirit messages. Some of the literary works that are analysed in this chapter include Eliot's ‘The Lifted Veil’, where it explores the relationship between the literary imagination and clairvoyance. This chapter also takes a look at Browning's poems in order to examine the mysterious transmission of literary ideas.

Keywords: spectral messages; decoding; literary qualities; The Lifted Veil; literary imagination; clairvoyance; literary ideas; transmission

Chapter.  11768 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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