Ghosts of Futures Past : Spiritualism and the Cultural Politics of Nineteenth-Century America

Ghosts of Futures Past : Spiritualism and the Cultural Politics of Nineteenth-Century America

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&quot;&quot;Ghosts of Futures Past&quot; is a path-breaking book of vast learning and scrupulous scholarship by a gifted writer. With an impressive command of a variety of cultural domains, Molly McGarry brilliantly rethinks and reframes the relations of gender and intellectual culture, of spiritualism and secularism, and of rationalization and modernity in ways that realign our understanding of the American cultural landscape in the nineteenth century.&quot;--Thomas Bender, author of &quot;The Unfinished City: New York and the Metropolitan Idea &quot; <br />&quot;In discussing the transfiguration of bodies and genders in American Spiritualism, McGarry provides a fascinating critique of the secularist bias of much of the history of sexuality. This is perhaps the weightiest, the most thoughtful, the most powerfully original, of all the many contributions her book makes.&quot;--Henry Abelove, author of &quot;The Evangelist of Desire: John Wesley and the Methodists&quot; and &quot;Deep Gossip&quot; <br />&quot;What might American history of the nineteenth century look like if we were not in such a rush to declare religious faith supplanted by science? McGarry's book provides tantalizing answers, inviting us to consider a nineteenth-century America where Spiritualists persisted and where people had good reasons to mourn. She not only shows us the popularity and centrality of connecting the living to the dead, she argues convincingly that this spiritual practice shaped a whole host of other cultural narratives: gender, sexuality, medicine, race, and ethnicity.&quot;--Kathi Kern, author of &quot;Mrs. Stanton's Bible &quot;

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Paperback, Univ of California Pr, 2012, ISBN13 9780520274532, ISBN10 0520274539
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