This article discusses nineteenth-century spiritism and its role in forming ideas about women, their bodies, social functions and place in culture. In the context of these conventional beliefs, women stand out who claim to be in communication with the spirits and who, beginning in the s, appear publicly to deliver speeches in a trance. Abstracts and full text PDF of all papers are available online for free.
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Both were members of a loose New York coterie of artsy dropouts but neither had written anything substantial. Drifting between late-night bars, friends' apartments and union halls, they were slowly becoming themselves, Kerouac slumming around as a half-hearted merchant seaman and Burroughs embarking on his patient metamorphosis into a wire-veined votary of morphine.
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