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The late Victorian Gothic: mental science, the uncanny, and scenes of writing

The late Victorian Gothic: mental science, the uncanny, and scenes of writing

Grimes, Hilary

Examining technological advances, genre, and late 19th-century mental science, Hilary Grimes shows writers' failed attempts to use technology as a way of translating the supernatural. Explorations into the ghostly aspects of the mind, Grimes argues, problematized agency

Hardback, Book. English.
Published Farnham: Ashgate, c2011
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Details

Statement of responsibility: Hilary Grimes
ISBN: 140942720X, 9781409427209
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: [vii], 188 p. ; 24 cm.
Subject: Gothic revival (Literature) Great Britain.; Gothic literature; 19th Century; Literature.; Authorship Social aspects Great Britain History 19th century.; Gothic fiction (Literary genre), American History and criticism.; Gothic fiction (Literary genre), English History and criticism.; Literature and society Great Britain History 19th century.; Criticism; Literature and technology Great Britain History 19th century.; Victorian period

Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. (Ghost)writing Henry James: mental science, spiritualism and uncanny technologies of writing at the fin de si?cle
  3. Sensitive to the invisible: photography and the supernatural in the Holmes stories, Arthur Conan Doyle's spiritualism and Francis Galton's composite portraits
  4. Identities and powers in flux: mesmerism, hypnotism and George Du Maurier's Trilby
  5. Ghostwomen, ghostwriting
  6. Case study: Vernon Lee, aesthetics and the supernatural
  7. Balancing on supernatural wires: the figure of the new woman writer in Sarah Grand's The Beth Book and George Paston's A Writer of Books
  8. Postscript
  9. Bibliography
  10. Index.