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Possessed Victorians: Extra Spheres in Nineteenth-century Mystical Writings (The Nineteenth-Century Series)

Willburn, Sarah A.

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ISBN 10: 0754655407 / ISBN 13: 9780754655404
Published by Ashgate Pub Co 2006-11-15, US, 2006
Used Condition: Good Hardcover
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169 pages. B&w photographs and illustrations throughout. Gilt titles on spine. Damp stain to top edge. Underlining on two pages. Otherwise clean, tight copy. Record # 466055. Bookseller Inventory # 466055

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Title: Possessed Victorians: Extra Spheres in ...

Publisher: Ashgate Pub Co 2006-11-15, US

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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In her absorbing study of nineteenth-century mystical writings, Sarah Willburn formulates a new conception of individualism that offers a fresh look at Victorian subjectivity. Drawing upon extensive archival work in the British Library, Willburn analyzes sťance accounts, novels about mediumship, and metaphysical treatises to make important connections between contemporary writings on mysticism and fictional works. Willburn presents the theories of compelling characters such as Newton Crosland and Lois Waisbrooker and provides exciting new readings of well-known texts by Charlotte Bront√ę, Eliot, Martineau, and Corelli. An understanding of the Victorian fascination with mysticism, Willburn argues, leads to a better appreciation of cultural constructions of the citizen in England and of the public sphere. She introduces two key concepts against the backdrop of popular mysticism: "possessed individualism," a model for Victorian individualism based on spiritual possession, and "extra spheres," which complicate the traditional binary opposition of public and private. Together, these formulations urge us to rethink our views of Victorian political economy and gender as they pertain to mystical and religious practices.

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Sarah A. Willburn is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, USA.

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