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Science and the Supernatural: Spiritualism, Psychical Research and Pseudo-Science in the Nineteenth Century

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This chapter explores the nineteenth-century explosion of interest in Spiritualism, psychical research and pseudo-science. Analysing how these discourses represent the intersection of science and the supernatural, this chapter positions scientific supernaturalism as a manifestation of the era’s dynamism and progressive momentum. This chapter also investigates how Spiritualism and psychical research influenced literary fiction, the visual arts and early cinematic experiments, creating a mode of Gothicism defined by a fusion of rationalism and mysticism.

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Corcoran, M. (2021). Science and the Supernatural: Spiritualism, Psychical Research and Pseudo-Science in the Nineteenth Century. In: Bloom, C. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Steam Age Gothic. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-40866-4_27

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