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Author Smajic, Srdjan, 1974-

Title Ghost-seers, detectives, and spiritualists : theories of vision in Victorian literature and science / Srdjan Smajic
Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010
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Series Cambridge studies in nineteenth-century literature and culture ; 71
Cambridge studies in nineteenth-century literature and culture ; 71
Contents Contextualizing the ghost story -- The rise of optical apparitions -- Inner vision and spiritual optics -- 'Betwixt ancient faith and modern incredulity' -- Visual learning : sight and Victorian epistemology -- Scopophilia and scopophobia : Poe's readerly flâneur --Stains, smears, and visual language in The moonstone -- Semiotics vs. encyclopedism : the case of Sherlock Holmes -- Detective fiction's uncanny -- Light, ether, and the invisible world -- Inner vision and occult detection : Le Fanu's Martin Hesselius -- Other dimensions, other worlds -- Psychic sleuths and soul doctors
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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 238-255)
Notes English
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Subject English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism
Visual perception in literature.
Vision in literature.
Ghost stories, English -- History and criticism
Detective and mystery stories, English -- History and criticism
Literature and science.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
Detective and mystery stories, English
English literature
Ghost stories, English
Literature and science
Vision in literature
Visual perception in literature
Englisch
Erzähltechnik
Gespenstergeschichte
Kriminalgeschichte
Sehen Motiv
Spiritualisme.
Wetenschap.
Misdaadromans.
Victoriaanse tijd.
Kriminalliteratur -- englische -- Geschichte 19. Jh.
Gespenstergeschichte -- englische -- Geschichte 19. Jh.
Kriminalliteratur.
Gespenstergeschichte.
Englisch.
Motiv (Literatur)
Sehen.
Engelsk litteratur -- historia -- 1800-talet.
Spökhistorier -- England -- 1800-talet.
Kriminallitteratur -- England -- 1800-talet.
Litteratur och vetenskap -- England -- 1800-talet.
Great Britain -- History -- Victoria, 1837-1901.
Great Britain
Englisch.
Genre/Form Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
History
Form Electronic book
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