Science of the Seance: Transnational Networks and Gendered Bodies in the Study of Psychic Phenomena, 1918-40 (Paperback)Beth A. Robertson (author)
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Beth A. Robertson resurrects the story of a group of men and women who sought to transform the seance into a laboratory of the spirits and a transnational empirical project. Her findings cast new light on how science, metaphysics, and the senses collided to inform gendered norms in the 1920s and '30s. She reveals a world inhabited, on one side, by psychical researchers who represented themselves as masters of the senses, untainted by the effeminized subjectivity of the body and, on the other, by mediums and ghostly subjects who could and did challenge the researchers' exclusive claims to scientific expertise and authority.
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
In this provocative book, Robertson contends that the study of mediumship impacted both empirical methods and gender studies ... A major contribution of this work is its description of how women, both as participants and researchers, debunked the stereotype that had linked femininity with "intellectual ineptitude." Robertson's work can serve as a model for further inquiries on the contributions psychical research can make to scholarship, methodology, and philosophy.-- S. Krippner, Saybrook University * CHOICE *
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