The Magical Imagination

    The Magical Imagination

    Magic and Modernity in Urban England 1780-1914

    Karl Bell

    Cambridge University Press 2012

    Hardback 308pp

    9781107002005   Product Code: 22653

    'Magical imagination' in this study encompasses not only specifically magical practices such as witchcraft, but the wider fantastical mentality informed by supernatural beliefs, folklore and superstitions. This innovative history of popular magical mentalities in 19th-century England 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.

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