Phantasmagoria: Spectral Technology and the Metaphorics of Modern Reverie

@article{Castle1988PhantasmagoriaST,
  title={Phantasmagoria: Spectral Technology and the Metaphorics of Modern Reverie},
  author={T. Castle},
  journal={Critical Inquiry},
  year={1988},
  volume={15},
  pages={26 - 61}
}
What does it mean to speak of phantasmagoria? In his French Revolution Thomas Carlyle, we find, obsessively figures the bloody spectacle of civil insurrection as a kind of spectral drama-a nightmarish magic-lantern show playing on without respite in the feverish, ghostly confines of the "Historical Imagination." Witness, for example, his description of the storming of the Bastille, as seen through the eyes of the Jacobin leader Thuriot: "But outwards, behold, O Thuriot, how the multitude flows… Expand
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