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    DescriptionThe Invention of Telepathy explores one of the enduring concepts to emerge from the late nineteenth century. Telepathy was coined by Frederic Myers in 1882. He defined it as 'the communication of any kind from one mind to another, independently of the recognised channels of sense'. By 1901 it had become a disputed phenomenon amongst physical scientists yet was the 'royal road' to the unconscious mind. Telepathy was discussed by eminent men and women of the day, including Sigmund Freud, Thomas Huxley, Henry and William James, Mary Kingsley, Andrew Lang, Vernon Lee, W. T. Stead, and Oscar Wilde. Did telepathy signal evolutionary advance or possible decline? Could it be a means of binding the Empire closer together, or was it used by natives to subvert imperial communications? Were women more sensitive than men, and if so why? Roger Luckhurst investigates these questions in an exciting and accessible study that mixes history of science with cultural history and literary analysis.


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    Title
    The Invention of Telepathy
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Roger Luckhurst
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 241 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 608 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199249626
    ISBN 10: 0199249628
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    BIC E4L: PSY
    Ingram Subject Code: RB
    BIC subject category V2: JFC
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    BIC subject category V2: PDZ
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DB
    LC subject heading: ,
    Libri: I-RB
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000, LIT004120
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16200
    BISAC V2.8: SCI034000
    BIC subject category V2: JMX
    BISAC V2.8: REF000000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DB
    DC22: 820.93560903
    DC21: 133.8209
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    Thema V1.0: JBCC, PDZ, JMX
    Illustrations note
    8 line drawings
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    22 August 2002
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Roger Luckhurst is Lecturer in English, Birkbeck College, University of London, and co-editor of Roger of The Fin-de-Siecle (OUP, 2000).
    Review quote
    ... crammed with interesting facts ... its interdisciplinarity renders The Invention of Telepathy such an impressive and valuable book ... [Luckhurst's] elegant readings of a number of literary texts - most notably his splendid explication of Bram Stoker's Dracula - prove him an adept literary critic as well as an astute cultural historian. MODERNISM/modernity What makes The Invention of Telepathy such a vital resource is its own ambitious border-work at the thresholds of cultural history, literary studies, philosophical enquiry, feminist investigation, and post-colonial interrogation. Luckhurst not only illuminates the aggregated knowledges of late Victorian and early modernist society, but also resonantly redraws our sense of the technologies and imperatives of contemporary culture. Consciousness, Literature and the Arts Luckhurst's book asks exactly the kinds of question that will generate exciting new debates and researches on 'marginal' sciences ... an important addition to a growing number of studies. British Journal for the History of Science ... a refreshing approach to the well-trodden history of early psychical research. British Journal for the History of Science ... a treasure trove of diverse material, presented with interdisciplinary ease. Times Higher Education Supplement Fine cultural history. David McAllister, Times Literary Supplement Roger Luckhurst's The Invention of Telepathy comes at the disturbing story of modern psychic experiments through rich, overlapping layers of social and intellectual history and makes comprehensible what otherwise seem eccentricities and even folly on the part of scientists and thinkers. Marina Warner, "Books of the Year", Times Literary Supplement Luckhurst's densely worked argument picks up and knots the trailing threads in a carpet where figures of imperialist fantasy, technological terror and scientific speculation can be glimpsed side by side ... lucid and richly layered study. Marina Warner, London Review of Books
    Table of contents
    Introduction ; 1. Terrains of Emergence, 1870-1882 ; 2. Coining Telepathy: Concept and Elaboration, 1882-1901 ; 3. Making Connections: W. T. Stead's Occult Economies ; 4. Telepathic Doxai: Knowledge and Belief at the Imperial Margin ; 5. Psychical Research and the Late-Victorian Gothic ; 6. The Woman-Sensitive: Nerves, New Women and Henry James ; 7. Afterlives, 1901-34 ; INDEX