The medium on the stage: Trance and performance in nineteenth-century spiritualism

@article{Natale2011TheMO,
  title={The medium on the stage: Trance and performance in nineteenth-century spiritualism},
  author={S. Natale},
  journal={Early Popular Visual Culture},
  year={2011},
  volume={9},
  pages={239 - 255}
}
  • S. Natale
  • Published 2011
  • Art
  • Early Popular Visual Culture
  • While historians of spiritualism have been eager to focus on its political and social implications, less attention has been given to the fact that spirit communication was also a matter of visual spectacle. This article aims to analyse spiritualist séances as a form of spectacular entertainment. Relying on a wide array of spiritualist sources, it argues that séances were meant not only as moments of religious and scientific inquiry, but also as a brilliant amusement where theatrical effects… CONTINUE READING
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