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Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture : Ghost-Seers, Detectives, and Spiritualists: Theories of Vision in Victorian Literature and Science Series Number 71 - Srdjan Smajic

Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture

Ghost-Seers, Detectives, and Spiritualists: Theories of Vision in Victorian Literature and Science Series Number 71

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"This is an original study of the narrative techniques that developed for two very popular forms of fiction in the nineteenth century - ghost stories and detective stories - and the surprising similarities between them in the context of contemporary theories of vision and sight. Srdjan Smajiâc argues that to understand how writers represented ghost-seers and detectives, the views of contemporary scientists, philosophers, and spiritualists with which these writers engage have to be taken into account: these views raise questions such as whether seeing really is believing, how much of what we 'see' is actually only inferred, and whether there may be other (intuitive or spiritual) ways of seeing that enable us to perceive objects and beings inaccessible to the bodily senses. This book will make a real contribution to the understanding of Victorian science in culture, and of the ways in which literature draws on all kinds of knowledge"--Provided by publisher.

"Ghost-Seers, Detectives, an Spiritualists presents absorbing discussions of overlooked theories and diversifies our understanding of visual perception in the nineteenth century, especially as it applies to the popular literature of the period." --Journal

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
List of abbreviationsp. x
Introductionp. 1
Outer Vision, Inner Vision: Ghost-Seeing and Ghost Storiesp. 9
Contextualizing the ghost storyp. 11
The rise of optical apparitionsp. 20
Inner vision and spiritual opticsp. 34
"Betwixt ancient faith and modern incredulity"p. 45
Seeing is Reading: Vision, Language, and Detective Fictionp. 65
Visual learning: sight and Victorian epistemologyp. 67
Scopophilia and scopophobia: Poe's readerly flâneurp. 94
Stains, smears, and visual language in The Moonstonep. 108
Semiotics v. encyclopedism: the case of Sherlock Holmesp. 119
Into the Invisible: Science, Spiritualism, and Occult Detectionp. 129
Detective fiction's uncannyp. 131
Light, ether, and the invisible worldp. 137
Inner vision and occult detection: Le Fanu's Martin Hesseliusp. 150
Other dimensions, other worldsp. 157
Psychic sleuths and soul doctorsp. 181
Codap. 200
Notesp. 204
Bibliographyp. 238
Indexp. 256
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ISBN: 9780521191883
ISBN-10: 0521191882
Series: Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature & Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 29th April 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.8  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.58