Phantasmagoria
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Phantasmagoria

Spirit Visions, Metaphors, and Media into the Twenty-first Century
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ISBN-13:
9780199239238
Einband:
Taschenbuch
Erscheinungsdatum:
13.03.2008
Seiten:
496
Autor:
Marina Warner
Gewicht:
736 g
Format:
232x156x40 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Marina Warner's study of the products of fantasy deepens our understanding of the supernatural in relation to self and society. This surprising story explores the metaphors and media that have been the stock in trade of poets, scientists, magicians, and visionaries, including wax and cloud, smoke and mirrors, ether, ectoplasm, and celluloid.
Marina Warner's study of the products of fantasy deepens our understanding of the supernatural in relation to self and society. This surprising story explores the metaphors and media that have been the stock in trade of poets, scientists, magicians, and visionaries, including wax and cloud, smoke and mirrors, ether, ectoplasm, and celluloid.
Prologue ; Introduction: The Logic of the Imaginary ; I. WAX ; 1. Living Likenesses, Death Masks ; 2. Anatomies and Heroes: Madame Tussaud's ; 3. On the Threshold: Sleeping Beauties ; II. AIR ; 4. The Breath of Life ; 5. Winged Spirits and Sweet Airs ; III. CLOUDS ; 6. Clouds of Glory ; 7. Fata Morgana ; 8. Very Like a Whale ... ; IV. LIGHT ; 9. The Eye of the Imagination ; 10. Fancy's Images; Insubstantial Pageants ; V. SHADOW ; 11. Phantasmagoria or, Darkness Visible ; 12. The Origin of Painting or, the Corinthian Maid ; VI. MIRROR ; 13. The Danger in the Mirror: Narcissus ; 14. Double Vision ; 15. The Camera Steals the Soul ; VII. GHOST ; 16. 'Stay This Moment': Julia Margaret Cameron and Charles Dodgson ; 17. Spectral Rappers, Psychic Photographers ; 18. Phantoms to the Test: The Society for Psychical Research ; VIII. ETHER ; 19. Soul Vibrations or, The Fluidic Invisible ; 20. Time Travel and Other Selves ; 21. Exotic Visitors, Multiple Lives ; 22. Touching the Unknown ; IX. ECTOPLASM ; 23. Materializing Mediums: The Quest for Ectoplasm ; 24. The Rorschach Test, or Dirty Pictures ; X. FILM ; 25. Nice Life, an Extra's ; 26. Disembodied Eyes: The Culture of Apocalypse ; 27. Our Zombies, Our Selves ; Conclusion
Phantasmagoria explores ideas of spirit and soul since the Enlightenment; it traces metaphors that have traditionally conveyed the presence of immaterial forces, and reveals how such pagan and Christian imagery about ethereal beings is embedded in a logic of the imagination, clothing spirits in the languages of air, clouds, light and shadow, glass, and ether itself. Moving from Wax to Film, the book discusses key questions of imagination and cognition, and probes the perceived distinctions between fantasy and deception; it uncovers a host of spirit forms -- angels, ghosts, fairies, revenants, and zombies -- that are still actively present in contemporary culture. It reveals how their transformations over time illuminate changing idea about the self. Phantasmagoria also tells the accompanying story about the means used to communicate such ideas,
and relates how the new technologies of the Victorian era were applied to figuring the invisible and the impalpable, and how magic lanterns (the phantasmagoria shows themselves), radio, photography and then moving pictures spread ideas about spirit forces.
As the story unfolds, the book features many eminent scientists and philosophers who applied their considerable energies to the question of other worlds and other states of mind: they staged trance séances in which mediums produced spirit phenomena, including ectoplasm. Phantasmagoria shows how this often surprising story connects with some of the important scientific discoveries of a fertile age, in psychology and physics, and continues to influence contemporary experience. Phantasmagoria explores ideas of spirit and soul since the Enlightenment; it traces metaphors that have traditionally conveyed the presence of immaterial forces, and reveals how such pagan and Christian imagery about ethereal beings is embedded in a logic of the imagination, clothing spirits in the languages of air, clouds, light and shadow, glass, and ether itself.

Moving from Wax to Film, the book discusses key questions of imagination and cognition, and probes the perceived distinctions between fantasy and deception; it uncovers a host of spirit forms - angels, ghosts, fairies, revenants, and zombies - that are still actively present in contemporary culture. It reveals how their transformations over time illuminate changing idea about the self. Phantasmagoria also tells the accompanying story about the means used to communicate such ideas,
and relates how the new technologies of the Victorian era were applied to figuring the invisible and the impalpable, and how magic lanterns (the phantasmagoria shows themselves), radio, photography and then moving pictures spread ideas about spirit forces.

As the story unfolds, the book features many eminent scientists and philosophers who applied their considerable energies to the question of other worlds and other states of mind: they staged trance séances in which mediums produced spirit phenomena, including ectoplasm. Phantasmagoria shows how this often surprising story connects with some of the important scientific discoveries of a fertile age, in psychology and physics, and continues to influence contemporary experience.