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  • Author:
    Marina Warner
  • ISBN:
    0199239231
  • ISBN13:
    978-0199239238
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    Oxford University Press; 1 edition (May 30, 2008)
  • Pages:
    496 pages
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    History & Criticism
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Phantasmagoria explores ideas of spirit and soul since the Enlightenment .

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Phantasmagoria by Marina Warner is an interesting exploration of the history of image and representation in Western thought. Warner explores the role of imagination from just before the Enlightenment till the present. In our present age of uncompromising rationalism, why do ideas of spirit, phantasms, zombies and other mythical characters hold such a sway? Phantasmagoria is wonderfully desultory examination of this odd undercurrent and is filled with strange and bizarre experiences. KarmaChimera, September 9, 2008.

Marina Warner's study of the products of fantasy deepens our understanding of the supernatural in relation to self and society. This surprising story explores the metaphors and media that have been the stock in trade of poets, scientists, magicians, and visionaries, including wax and cloud, smoke and mirrors, ether, ectoplasm, and celluloid. 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.

Phantasmagoria: Spirit Visions, Metaphors and Media. 384pp, Oxford, £1. 9. It begins with a mummified saint in a church in Bologna. Since the Enlightenment, though many of us have abandoned belief in God, we still believe that something distinctive, something essential, animates human beings and makes them more than the sum of their parts, more than very complex machines. Soul is irreplaceable, it is unique, it is beyond description, and yet if we can't describe it, how can we talk about ourselves? Phantasmagoria is about the words we find for the things that aren't quite there.

With over thirty illustrations in color and black and white, Phantasmagoria takes readers on an intellectually exhilarating tour of ideas of spirit and soul in the modern world, illuminating key questions of imagination and cognition. Warner tells the unexpected and often disturbing story about shifts in thought about consciousness and the individual person, from the first public waxworks portraits at the end of the eighteenth century to stories of hauntings, possession, and loss of self in modern times. She probes the perceived distinctions between fantasy and deception, and uncovers a host of spirit forms--angels, ghosts, fairies, revenants, and zombies--that are still actively present in contemporary culture.