Keeping in Touch: An Anthology of the Victorian Seance

Further Reading

Below is a selection of critical scholarly sources for anyone who wishes to know more about the seance and spiritualist practices in Victorian England. I am indebted to the recent work of Christine Ferguson in which she catalogs seance scholarship.

Adam Matthew Digital. Victorian Popular Culture. Marlborough: Wiltshire, 2008. [Online]. Retrieved on 2 April 2012 from:
Barsham, Diana. The Trial of Women: Feminism and the Occult Sciences in Victorian Literature and Culture. Houndsmills: Macmillan, 1992.
Bown, Nicola, Carolyn Burdett, and Pamela Thurschwell (eds.) The Victorian Supernatural. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2004.
Buse, Peter, and Andrew Stott (eds.) Ghosts: Deconstruction, Psychoanalysis, History. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Macmillan,1999.
Davies, Owen (ed). Ghosts: A Social History. 5 vols. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2010.
Ferguson, Christine. Determined Spirits: Eugenics, Heredity, and Racial Regeneration in Anglo-American Spiritualist Writing, 1848-1930. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2012.
Galvan, Jill. The Sympathetic Medium: Feminine Channelling, the Occult, and Communication Technologies, 1856-1919. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 2010.
Gilbert, R. A. (ed). The Rise of Victorian Spiritualism. 8 Volumes. London: Routledge ⁄ Thoemmes, 2000.
Kontou, Tatiana. ‘Introduction: Women and the Victorian Occult.’ Women’s Writing 15.3 (2008): 275–81.
——. Spiritualism and Women’s Writing: From the Fin-de-Sie`cle to the Neo-Victorian. Houndsmills: Palgrave, 2009.
McCorristine, Shane. Spectres of the Self: Thinking About Ghosts and Ghost-Seeing in England, 1750-1920. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.
Noakes, Richard. “’Cranks and Visionaries’: Science, Spiritualism and Transgression in Victorian Britain.” Diss. Cambridge 1998.
Oppenheim, Janet. The Other World: Spiritualism and Psychical Research in England 1850-1914. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1985.
Owen, Alex. The Darkened Room: Women, Power, and Spiritualism in Late Nineteenth-Century England. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, [1989] 2004.
Smajic, Srdjan. Ghost-Seers, Detectives, and Spiritualist Theories of Vision in Victorian Literature and Science. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.
Thurschwell, Pamela. Literature, Technology, and Magical Thinking, 1880-1920. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2001.
Tromp, Marlene. Altered States: Sex, Nation, Drugs, and Self-Transformation in Victorian Spiritualism. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2006.
Valente, K. G. ‘‘Who Will Explain the Explanation?’: The Ambivalent Reception of Higher Dimensional Space in the British Spiritualist Press, 1875-1900.’ Victorian Periodicals Review 41.2 (2008): 124–49.
Wolfreys, Julian. Victorian Hauntings: Spectrality, Gothic, the Uncanny and Literature. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2002.

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