The Magical Imagination

Interesting new Cambridge University Press book, The Magical Imagination: Magic and Modernity in Urban England, 1780-1914, with obvious resonances with my novel The Spyders of Burslem

“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. … Rather than portraying magical beliefs and practices as a mere enclave of anachronistic ‘tradition’ and the fantastical as simply an escapist refuge from the real, he reveals magic’s adaptive and transformative qualities and the ways in which it helped ordinary people navigate, adapt to and resist aspects of modern urbanization. Drawing on perspectives from cultural anthropology, sociology, folklore and urban studies, this is a major contribution to our understanding of modern popular magic and the lived experience of modernisation and urbanisation.”

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