The Resource Ghost-seers, detectives, and spiritualists : theories of vision in Victorian literature and science, Srdjan Smajić

Ghost-seers, detectives, and spiritualists : theories of vision in Victorian literature and science, Srdjan Smajić

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Ghost-seers, detectives, and spiritualists : theories of vision in Victorian literature and science
Title
Ghost-seers, detectives, and spiritualists
Title remainder
theories of vision in Victorian literature and science
Statement of responsibility
Srdjan Smajić
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"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 Smajić 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
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Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1974-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Smajic, Srdjan
Dewey number
823/.80937
Index
index present
LC call number
PR468.V59
LC item number
S63 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Cambridge studies in nineteenth-century literature and culture
Series volume
71
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English literature
  • Visual perception in literature
  • Vision in literature
  • Ghost stories, English
  • Detective and mystery stories, English
  • Literature and science
  • Great Britain
Label
Ghost-seers, detectives, and spiritualists : theories of vision in Victorian literature and science, Srdjan Smajić
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 238-255) and index
Contents
Machine generated contents note: Introduction; Part I. Outer Vision, Inner Vision: Ghost-Seeing and Ghost Stories: 1. Contextualizing the ghost story; 2. The rise of optical apparitions; 3. Inner vision and spiritual optics; 4. 'Betwixt ancient faith and modern incredulity'; Part II. Seeing is Reading: Vision, Language, and Detective Fiction: 5. Visual learning: sight and Victorian epistemology; 6. Scopophilia and scopophobia: Poe's readerly flâneur; 7. Stains, smears, and visual language in The Moonstone; 8. Semiotics vs. encyclopedism: the case of Sherlock Holmes; Part III. Into the Invisible: Science, Spiritualism, and Occult Detection: 9. Detective fiction's uncanny; 10. Light, ether, and the invisible world; 11. Inner vision and occult detection: Le Fanu's Martin Hesselius; 12. Other dimensions, other worlds; 13. Psychic sleuths and soul doctors; Coda
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 262 p.
Isbn
9780521191883
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2010002265
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u2114564-01umb_inst
  • 2143533
  • (Sirsi) i9780521191883
  • (OCoLC)501512049
Label
Ghost-seers, detectives, and spiritualists : theories of vision in Victorian literature and science, Srdjan Smajić
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 238-255) and index
Contents
Machine generated contents note: Introduction; Part I. Outer Vision, Inner Vision: Ghost-Seeing and Ghost Stories: 1. Contextualizing the ghost story; 2. The rise of optical apparitions; 3. Inner vision and spiritual optics; 4. 'Betwixt ancient faith and modern incredulity'; Part II. Seeing is Reading: Vision, Language, and Detective Fiction: 5. Visual learning: sight and Victorian epistemology; 6. Scopophilia and scopophobia: Poe's readerly flâneur; 7. Stains, smears, and visual language in The Moonstone; 8. Semiotics vs. encyclopedism: the case of Sherlock Holmes; Part III. Into the Invisible: Science, Spiritualism, and Occult Detection: 9. Detective fiction's uncanny; 10. Light, ether, and the invisible world; 11. Inner vision and occult detection: Le Fanu's Martin Hesselius; 12. Other dimensions, other worlds; 13. Psychic sleuths and soul doctors; Coda
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 262 p.
Isbn
9780521191883
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2010002265
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u2114564-01umb_inst
  • 2143533
  • (Sirsi) i9780521191883
  • (OCoLC)501512049

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