Phantasmagoria: Spirit Visions, Metaphors, and Media into the Twenty-first Century

Author:   Marina Warner
Publisher:   Oxford University Press
ISBN:  

9780199239238


Pages:   496
Publication Date:   13 March 2008
Format:   Paperback
Availability:   Manufactured on demand   Availability explained
We will order this item for you from a manufactured on demand supplier.

Our Price $29.95 Quantity:  
Add to Cart

Share |

Phantasmagoria: Spirit Visions, Metaphors, and Media into the Twenty-first Century


Add your own review!

Overview

In what is thought to be a secular and rational age, why are so many of us still preoccupied with ideas of 'spirit', 'soul', and the supernatural? Why have angels, ghosts, phantasms, fairies, and zombies continued to exercise power over the imagination ever since the Enlightenment?In this vibrant new work, Marina Warner explores the products of fantasy, bringing vital new insights to our ideas about the supernatural and its relationship with self and society. This unexpected and often uncomfortable story explores the metaphors and media that have been the stock in trade of poets, scientists, magicians, and visionaries, including wax and cloud, light and shadow, smoke and mirrors, ether, ectoplasm, and celluloid.Illustrated with eight pages of colour and over forty black and white images, Phantasmagoria is packed with apparitions, illusions, and other strange and wondrous experiences.

Full Product Details

Author:   Marina Warner
Publisher:   Oxford University Press
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.60cm , Height: 3.70cm , Length: 23.40cm
Weight:   0.751kg
ISBN:  

9780199239238


ISBN 10:   0199239231
Pages:   496
Publication Date:   13 March 2008
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General ,  Tertiary & Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Manufactured on demand   Availability explained
We will order this item for you from a manufactured on demand supplier.

Table of Contents

Prologue Introduction: The Logic of the Imaginary I. Wax 1: Living Likenesses, Death Masks 2: Anatomies and Heroes: Madame Tussaud's 3: On the Threshold: Sleeping Beauties II. Air 4: The Breath of Life 5: Winged Spirits and Sweet Airs III. Clouds 6: Clouds of Glory 7: Fata Morgana 8: Very Like a Whale . . . IV. Light 9: The Eye of the Imagination 10: Fancy's Images; Insubstantial Pageants V. Shadow 11: Phantasmagoria or, Darkness Visible 12: The Origin of Painting or, the Corinthian Maid VI. Mirror 13: The Danger in the Mirror: Narcissus 14: Double Vision 15: The Camera Steals the Soul VII. Ghost 16: 'Stay This Moment': Julia Margaret Cameron and Charles Dodgson 17: Spectral Rappers, Psychic Photographers 18: Phantoms to the Test: The Society for Psychical Research VIII. Ether 19: Soul Vibrations or, The Fluidic Invisible 20: Time Travel and Other Selves 21: Exotic Visitors, Multiple Lives 22: Touching the Unknown IX. Ectoplasm 23: Materializing Mediums: The Quest for Ectoplasm 24: The Rorschach Test, or Dirty Pictures X. Film 25: Nice Life, an Extra's 26: Disembodied Eyes: The Culture of Apocalypse 27: Our Zombies, Our Selves Conclusion

Reviews

<br> Warner's shrewd juxtapositions of materials from widely separated historical moments create a fertile context within which to account for the impact of contemporary art forms, from painting and poetry to installation and video. She has a remarkable capacity for sifting and arranging her work so<br>that even an unreconstructedly rationalist reader is drawn irresistibly into a web of allusions and emotions, offering a kind of connective tissue to the material phenomena we feel we can grasp. -- Financial Times<br> Marina Warner is one of our most erudite and morally serious writers.... Phantasmagoria is her most ambitious book, an intellectually dazzling struggle with how the modern world (beginning roughly in the Renaissance) has imagined the stuff of souls, the nature of the psyche, the 'mysterious, <br>elusive, and ethereal' thing that somehow distinguishes the truly dead from the living and makes us who we are. --Thomas Laqueur, The Nation<br> A fascinating study of the metamorphic vision. -Elizabeth Helsinger, Studies in English Literature<br> This book is a powerful statement of the centrality of imagination, a humane and engaging work, if a solemn one. Sometimes the reader, like a prince in a fairytale, needs a stout heart to hack at the thorny growth of a Warner sentence; but usually there is, if not a princess in the thicket, the<br>prospect of a pearl worth the price. -- Guardian<br>


<br>UNEDITED UK REVIEW: Review from previous edition ...often manages splendidly vivid pictorial evocations ... a bold, imaginative and provocative study, with a range few other writers would dare. --Carolyne Larrington, Times Literary Supplement<br>UNEDITED UK REVIEW: The general effect is rather like that of reading through a first-class encyclopedia. --Nigel Barley, Times Higher Education Supplement<br>UNEDITED UK REVIEW: Frighteningly literate and well-informed --Roz Kaveney, Time Out<br>UNEDITED UK REVIEW: Marina Warner is particularly well-equipped to conduct this investigation --Steven Connor, The Independent<br>UNEDITED UK REVIEW: She is exquisitely alive not just to ideas and arguments, but also to the jag and whiff and tang of things --Steven Connor, The Independent<br>UNEDITED UK REVIEW: Phantasmagoria is a cabinet of familiar wonders: a jetting, generous, humane spree of thought, richly quickened by the life it finds within us and adroad, in our media and machineries


<br>UNEDITED UK REVIEW: Review from previous edition ...often manages splendidly vivid pictorial evocations ... a bold, imaginative and provocative study, with a range few other writers would dare. --Carolyne Larrington, Times Literary Supplement<p><br>UNEDITED UK REVIEW: The general effect is rather like that of reading through a first-class encyclopedia. --Nigel Barley, Times Higher Education Supplement<p><br>UNEDITED UK REVIEW: Frighteningly literate and well-informed --Roz Kaveney, Time Out<p><br>UNEDITED UK REVIEW: Marina Warner is particularly well-equipped to conduct this investigation --Steven Connor, The Independent<p><br>UNEDITED UK REVIEW: She is exquisitely alive not just to ideas and arguments, but also to the jag and whiff and tang of things --Steven Connor, The Independent<p><br>UNEDITED UK REVIEW: Phantasmagoria is a cabinet of familiar wonders: a jetting, generous, humane spree of thought, richly quickened by the life it finds within us and adroad, in our media a


<br>UNEDITED UK REVIEW: Review from previous edition ...often manages splendidly vivid pictorial evocations ... a bold, imaginative and provocative study, with a range few other writers would dare. --Carolyne Larrington, Times Literary Supplement<p><br>UNEDITED UK REVIEW: The general effect is rather like that of reading through a first-class encyclopedia. --Nigel Barley, Times Higher Education Supplement<p><br>UNEDITED UK REVIEW: Frighteningly literate and well-informed --Roz Kaveney, Time Out<p><br>UNEDITED UK REVIEW: Marina Warner is particularly well-equipped to conduct this investigation --Steven Connor, The Independent<p><br>UNEDITED UK REVIEW: She is exquisitely alive not just to ideas and arguments, but also to the jag and whiff and tang of things --Steven Connor, The Independent<p><br>UNEDITED UK REVIEW: Phantasmagoria is a cabinet of familiar wonders: a jetting, generous, humane spree of thought, richly quickened by the life it finds within us and adroad, in our media and machineries of mind. --Steven Connor, The Independent<p><br>UNEDITED UK REVIEW: As always Warner's scholarship, eclecticism and inventiveness dazzle. --Bel Mooney, The Times<p><br>UNEDITED UK REVIEW: It is a book of wonders. --Hilary Mantel, The Guardian<p><br>UNEDITED UK REVIEW: Phantasmagoria is a fascinating history of spirited bodies and haunted machines, but a reminder too of why the metaphors still get under our skin --Brian Dillon, Daily Telegraph<p><br>UNEDITED UK REVIEW: This book's enquiries are wide-ranging, pertinent and up-to- date. All Marina Warner's material is freshly and enticingly presented. --The Guardian, Hilary Mantel<p><br>UNEDITED UK REVIEW: This book is a powerful statement. --Hilary Mantel, The Guardian<p><br>UNEDITED UK REVIEW: Marina Warner is particularly well-equipped to conduct this investigation. --Stephen Connor, The Independent<p><br>UNEDITED UK REVIEW: A densely layered book --Mike Dash, Sunday Telegraph<p><br>UNEDITED UK REVIEW: She is exq


Author Information

Marina Warner has written extensively on mythology and fairy tales. Her novels and works of criticism have won her the Fawcett Prize, a Booker Prize nomination, the Rosemary Crawshay Prize, and a Commonwealth Writer's Prize. Internationally she has been created Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French, Commendatore by the Italians, and was awarded the Warburg Prize in Germany. In addition to being Professor of Literature at the University of Essex, she is an Honorary Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and a Visiting Professor at St Andrews University. In 2005 she was elected a Fellow of the British Academy.

Tab Content 6

Author Website:  

Customer Reviews

Recent Reviews

No review item found!

Add your own review!

Countries Available

All regions
Summer Reading Guides

 

  

Shopping Cart
Your cart is empty
Shopping cart
Mailing List