Ghosts of Futures Past: Spiritualism and the Cultural Politics of Nineteenth-Century America (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Apr 26, 2008 - History - 288 pages
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Ghosts of Futures Past guides readers through the uncanny world of nineteenth-century American spiritualism. More than an occult parlor game, this was a new religion, which channeled the voices of the dead, linked present with past, and conjured new worldly and otherworldly futures. Tracing the persistence of magic in an emergent culture of secularism, Molly McGarry brings a once marginalized practice to the center of American cultural history. Spiritualism provided an alchemical combination of science and magic that called into question the very categories of male and female, material and immaterial, self and other, living and dead. Dissolving the boundaries between them opened Spiritualist practitioners to other voices and, in turn, allowed them to imagine new social worlds and forge diverse political affinities.
  

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Terrific book. Read for "Thinking through the Ghost" and want to return to it again when I have more time to think about the implications for writing and understanding secular histories of 19th cent ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Mourning Media and the Cultural Politics of Conjuring the Dead
17
Haunted Subjects and the Politics of Vanishing
66
Free Love Moral Panic and the Making of US Obscenity Law
94
The Spirit of Science in a Culture of Belief and Doubt
121
A Queer Genealogy of Untimely Sexualities
154
NOTES
177
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
231
INDEX
261
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About the author (2008)

Molly McGarry is Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Riverside, coauthor of Becoming Visible: An Illustrated History of Lesbian and Gay Life in Twentieth-Century America, and coeditor of A Companion to LGBT/Q Studies.

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