Phantasmagoria Spirit Visions, Metaphors, and Media into the Twenty-First Century

ISBN-10: 0199239231

ISBN-13: 9780199239238

Edition: 2008

Authors: Marina Warner

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With over thirty illustrations in color and black and white, Phantasmagoria takes readers on an intellectually exhilarating tour of ideas of spirit and soul in the modern world, illuminating key questions of imagination and cognition. Warner tells the unexpected and often disturbing story about shifts in thought about consciousness and the individual person, from the first public waxworks portraits at the end of the eighteenth century to stories of hauntings, possession, and loss of self in modern times. She probes the perceived distinctions between fantasy and deception, and uncovers a host of spirit forms--angels, ghosts, fairies, revenants, and zombies--that are still actively present in contemporary culture. "Marina Warner is one of our most erudite and morally serious writers.... Phantasmagoria is her most ambitious book, an intellectually dazzling struggle with how the modern world (beginning roughly in the Renaissance) has imagined the stuff of souls, the nature of the psyche, the 'mysterious, elusive, and ethereal' thing that somehow distinguishes the truly dead from the living and makes us who we are." --Thomas Laqueur, The Nation
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List price: $37.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/30/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Introduction: The Logic of the Imaginary
Living Likenesses; Death Masks
Anatomies and Heroes: Madame Tussaud's
On the Threshold: Sleeping Beauties
The Breath of Life
Winged Spirits and Sweet Airs
Clouds of Glory
Fata Morgana; or, Castles in the Air
'Very Like a Whale'
The Eye of the Imagination
Fancy's Images; Insubstantial Pageants
Darkness Visible: The Phantasmagoria
The Origin of Painting; or, The Corinthian Maid
The Danger in the Mirror
Double Vision
The Camera Steals the Soul
'Stay This Moment': Julia Margaret Cameron and Charles Dodgson
Spectral Rappers, Psychic Photographers
Phantoms to the Test: The Society for Psychical Research
Soul Vibrations; or, The Fluidic Invisible
Time Travel and Other Selves
Exotic Visitors, Multiple Lives
Touching the Unknown
Materializing Mediums
The Rorschach Test; or, Dirty Pictures
Nice Life, an Extra's
Disembodied Eyes: The Culture of Apocalypse
Our Zombies, Our Selves
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