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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User Review  - deliriumslibrarian - LibraryThing

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

Contents

Prologue
1
The Logic of the Imaginary
9
Part I Wax
21
Part II Air
59
Part III Clouds
81
Part IV Light
119
Part V Shadow
145
Part VI Mirror
167
Part VIII Ether
251
Part IX Ectoplasm
285
Part X Film
317
Conclusion
371
Notes
382
Bibliography
423
Index
453
Copyright

Part VII Ghost
203

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Marina Warner's studies of mythology and fairy tales include Monuments and Maidens: The Allegory of the Female Form (l985), and No Go the Bogeyman: Scaring, Lulling and Making Mock (1998, winner of the Rosemary Crawshay Prize). Fantastic Metamorphoses, Other Worlds (Clarendon Lectures), waspublished in 2002, and her essays on literature and culture are collected in Signs and Wonders. Her novels include In a Dark Wood (l977) and The Lost Father (l988), which was short-listed for the Booker Prize and won a Commonwealth Writer's Prize. She has also published two collections of shortstories.She was created Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French in 2002, and Commendatore by the Italians in 2005. She was awarded the Warburg Prize in Germany in 2004, and is an Honorary Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and a Visiting Professor at St. Andrew's University, Scotland.She is Professor of Literature at the University of Essex. In 2005 she was elected a Fellow of the British Academy.

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