Technologies of Illusion: Enchanting Modernity's Machines
Technologies of Illusion: Enchanting Modernity’s Machines confronts how the
disenchantment of modernity has occluded nineteenth-century Spiritualist archives. By
incorporating literary, visual, and archival methodologies, the dissertation recovers the
non-normative supernatural histories that are preserved within photographs, novels,
and supernatural testimonies. By eschewing scholarly method that is rooted in parsing
out fact from fiction, Technologies of Illusions gives dignity to the Spiritualist artifacts that
eschew such demarcations, and, by extension, the communities who believed in them.
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