Phantasmagoria: Spirit Visions, Metaphors, and Media Into the Twenty-first Century

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Oxford University Press, 2006 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 469 pages
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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.

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Phantasmagoria by Marina Warner is an interesting exploration of the history of image and representation in Western thought. Warner explores the role of imagination from just before the Enlightenment ... Read full review

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Wow, is this book ever dense. I love Marina Warner's work, and I'm enjoying this - but it is like trying to grasp at clouds sometimes. She brings a huge, huge amount of material and many brilliant ... Read full review

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Marina Warner is Professor of Literature at the University of Essex, an Honorary Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and a Visiting Professor at St. Andrew's University, Scotland. An acclaimed novelist and mythographer, she was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2005.

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