The Magical Imagination: Magic and Modernity in Urban England, 1780-1914

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This innovative history of popular magical mentalities in nineteenth-century England explores the dynamic ways in which the magical imagination helped people to adjust to urban life. Previous studies of modern popular magical practices and supernatural beliefs have largely neglected the urban experience. Karl Bell, however, shows that the magical imagination was a key cultural resource which granted an empowering sense of plebeian agency in the nineteenth-century urban environment. Rather than portraying magical beliefs and ...

The Magical Imagination: Magic and Modernity in Urban England, 1780-1914 2012, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9781107002005

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