Science and the Seance: Transgressions of Gender and Genre in Late Victorian London

@article{Walkowitz1988ScienceAT,
  title={Science and the Seance: Transgressions of Gender and Genre in Late Victorian London},
  author={Judith R. Walkowitz},
  journal={Representations},
  year={1988},
  volume={22},
  pages={3-29}
}
  • Judith R. Walkowitz
  • Published 1988
  • History
  • Representations
  • THIS PAPER IS AN ACCOUNT of one female spiritualist's plucky adventures against the lunacy doctors in 1880s London. But before I proceed with my narrative, I want to place Mrs. Weldon's story in the context of a more notorious story of sexual danger, centering on the tabloid reporting of the Whitechapel murders of Jack the Ripper in 1888. Newspaper correspondents and editorials fantasized the Ripper as a sexually dangerous man and publicity hound who communicated with a mass audience through… CONTINUE READING
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