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The Ghost Story, 1840–1920A Cultural History$
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Andrew Smith

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780719074462

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719074462.001.0001

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Reading ghosts and reading texts: spiritualism

Reading ghosts and reading texts: spiritualism

(p.97) 5 Reading ghosts and reading texts: spiritualism
The Ghost Story, 1840–1920

Andrew Smith

Manchester University Press

This chapter addresses the issue of how to read and critically decode spectral messages. It analyses the literary qualities of spirit messages. Some of the literary works that are analysed in this chapter include Eliot's ‘The Lifted Veil’, where it explores the relationship between the literary imagination and clairvoyance. This chapter also takes a look at Browning's poems in order to examine the mysterious transmission of literary ideas.

Keywords:   spectral messages, decoding, literary qualities, The Lifted Veil, literary imagination, clairvoyance, literary ideas, transmission

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