Native Apparitions

Author: Steve Pavlik

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 9780816535477

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 249

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"A timely and much-needed analysis and critique of Hollywood's representation of Native Americans in mainstream films"--Provided by publisher.
The Specter of the Indian

Author: Kathryn Troy

Publisher: State University of New York Press

ISBN: 9781438466101

Category: Social Science

Page: 234

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Explores the significance of Indian control spirits as a dominating force in nineteenth-century American Spiritualism. The Specter of the Indian unveils the centrality of Native American spirit guides during the emergent years of American Spiritualism. By pulling together cultural and political history; the studies of religion, race, and gender; and the ghostly, Kathryn Troy offers a new layer of understanding to the prevalence of mystically styled Indians in American visual and popular culture. The connections between Spiritualist print and contemporary Indian policy provide fresh insight into the racial dimensions of social reform among nineteenth-century Spiritualists. Troy draws fascinating parallels between the contested belief of Indians as fading from the world, claims of returned apparitions, and the social impetus to provide American Indians with a means of existence in white America. Rather than vanishing from national sight and memory, Indians and their ghosts are shown to be ever present. This book transports the readers into dimly lit parlor rooms and darkened cabinets and lavishes them with detailed séance accounts in the words of those who witnessed them. Scrutinizing the otherworldly whisperings heard therein highlights the voices of mediums and those they sought to channel, allowing the author to dig deep into Spiritualist belief and practice. The influential presence of Indian ghosts is made clear and undeniable. Kathryn Troy teaches in the Department of Social Sciences and Criminal Justice at Suffolk County Community College and the Department of History, Politics, and Geography at Farmingdale State College, State University of New York.
Science of the Seance

Author: Beth A. Robertson

Publisher: UBC Press

ISBN: 9780774833523

Category: Science

Page: 256

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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.
The Western in the Global Literary Imagination


Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004525306

Category: Social Science

Page: 371

View: 871

This groundbreaking collection of essays shows how the American Western has been reimagined in different national contexts, producing fictions that interrogate, reframe, and remix the genre in unexpectedly critical ways.
Empire's Mistress, Starring Isabel Rosario Cooper

Author: Vernadette Vicuña Gonzalez

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9781478021315

Category: Social Science

Page: 227

View: 287

In Empire's Mistress Vernadette Vicuña Gonzalez follows the life of Filipina vaudeville and film actress Isabel Rosario Cooper, who was the mistress of General Douglas MacArthur. If mentioned at all, their relationship exists only as a salacious footnote in MacArthur's biography—a failed love affair between a venerated war hero and a young woman of Filipino and American heritage. Following Cooper from the Philippines to Washington, D.C. to Hollywood, where she died penniless, Gonzalez frames her not as a tragic heroine, but as someone caught within the violent histories of U.S. imperialism. In this way, Gonzalez uses Cooper's life as a means to explore the contours of empire as experienced on the scale of personal relationships. Along the way, Gonzalez fills in the archival gaps of Cooper's life with speculative fictional interludes that both unsettle the authority of “official” archives and dislodge the established one-dimensional characterizations of her. By presenting Cooper as a complex historical subject who lived at the crossroads of American colonialism in the Philippines, Gonzalez demonstrates how intimacy and love are woven into the infrastructure of empire.
Object and Apparition

Author: Maya Stanfield-Mazzi

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 9780816599110

Category: History

Page: 240

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When Christianity was imposed on Native peoples in the Andes, visual images played a fundamental role, yet few scholars have written about this significant aspect. Object and Apparition proposes that Christianity took root in the region only when both Spanish colonizers and native Andeans actively envisioned the principal deities of the new religion in two- and three-dimensional forms. The book explores principal works of art involved in this process, outlines early strategies for envisioning the Christian divine, and examines later, more effective approaches. Maya Stanfield-Mazzi demonstrates that among images of the divine there was constant interplay between concrete material objects and ephemeral visions or apparitions. Three-dimensional works of art, specifically large-scale statues of Christ and the Virgin Mary, were key to envisioning the Christian divine, the author contends. She presents in-depth analysis of three surviving statues: the Virgins of Pomata and Copacabana (Lake Titicaca region) and Christ of the Earthquakes from Cusco. Two-dimensional painted images of those statues emerged later. Such paintings depicted the miracle-working potential of specific statues and thus helped to spread the statues’ fame and attract devotees. “Statue paintings” that depict the statues enshrined on their altars also served the purpose of presenting images of local Andean divinities to believers outside church settings. Stanfield-Mazzi describes the unique features of Andean Catholicism while illustrating its connections to both Spanish and Andean cultural traditions. Based on thorough archival research combined with stunning visual analysis, Object and Apparition analyzes the range of artworks that gave visual form to Christianity in the Andes and ultimately caused the new religion to flourish.
The Invention of Telepathy, 1870-1901

Author: Professor in Modern and Contemporary Literature Roger Luckhurst

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199249628

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 346

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The Invention of Telepathy explores one of the enduring concepts to emerge from the late nineteenth century. Telepathy was coined by Frederic Myers in 1882. He defined it as 'the communication of any kind from one mind to another, independently of the recognised channels of sense'. By 1901 ithad become a disputed phenomenon amongst physical scientists yet was the 'royal road' to the unconscious mind. Telepathy was discussed by eminent men and women of the day, including Sigmund Freud, Thomas Huxley, Henry and William James, Mary Kingsley, Andrew Lang, Vernon Lee, W. T. Stead, and OscarWilde. Did telepathy signal evolutionary advance or possible decline? Could it be a means of binding the Empire closer together, or was it used by natives to subvert imperial communications? Were women more sensitive than men, and if so why? Roger Luckhurst investigates these questions in anexciting and accessible study that mixes history of science with cultural history and literary analysis.
The Guadalupan Controversies in Mexico

Author: Stafford Poole

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804752524

Category: History

Page: 350

View: 685

This is the first and only comprehensive work to deal with a relatively unknown facet of Mexican social and religious history, the debates over the historicity of the Guadalupe apparitions and the historical existence of Juan Diego.
The Seeker's Guide to Mary

Author: Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda

Publisher: Loyola Press

ISBN: 0829414894


Page: 260

View: 99

The Seeker's Guide to Mary presents a balanced and insightful examination of the life of Mary. To many Christians, Mary is a mystery. Author Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda introduces us to Mary through scriptural references, historical perspective, and Christian devotion.
Ghost Stories of Ontario

Author: John Robert Colombo

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 9781459725058

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 320

View: 501

Here is a book to thrill and chill you! It brings together sixty-nine stories of haunted houses, ghosts, poltergeists, apparitions, and other eerie events and experiences. What is amazing is that all the stories are true - they actually happened - and they happened in Ontario! Did Sir John A. Macdonald give advice from the dead? Did William Lyon Mackenzie King engage in a friendly conversation with a veteran newspaperman at Kingsmere two years after his death? Is Ottawa's Laurier House haunted? What happened in Toronto's Mackenzie House? Did an apparition of Walt Whitman appear in Bon Echo Provincial Park? Does a beautiful lady in white haunt old stone houses in the north Woodstock area? What was behind the Baldoon Mystery and the Dagg Poltergeist? Do such things happen? Are they happening today? In these pages there are ghosts aplenty. They appear in the villages, towns, and cities of Ontario - among them: Goderich, Hamilton, London, Toronto, Niagara-on-the-Lake, North Bay, Oakville, Oshawa, St. Catharines, and Sarnia! Perhaps there is a ghost near you...
Ghost Stories in Late Renaissance France

Author: Timothy Chesters

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199599806

Category: History

Page: 296

View: 752

This work describes the ideological, intellectual, and literary role of ghost stories in late Renaissance France. It takes in prominent literary figures as well as lesser known tracts and pamphlets to shed light on the beliefs, fears, and desires of a period on the threshold of modernity.