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The Invention of Telepathy

The Invention of Telepathy

by Roger LuckhurstRoger Luckhurst


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The belief in telepathy is still widely held and yet it remains much disputed by scientists. Roger Luckhurst explores the origins of the term in the late nineteenth century. Telepathy mixed physical and mental sciences, new technologies and old superstitions, and it fascinated many famous people in the late Victorian era: Sigmund Freud, Thomas Huxley, Henry James, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Oscar Wilde. This is an exciting and accessible study, written for general readers as much as scholars and students.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199249626
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 08/22/2002
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Roger Luckhurst is Lecturer in English, Birkbeck College, University of London, and co-editor of Roger of The Fin-de-Si cle (OUP, 2000).

Table of Contents

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

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