Victorian spiritualism and other black comedies

Bellanta, Melissa (2011) Victorian spiritualism and other black comedies. Meanjin, 70 1: 119-125.

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Author Bellanta, Melissa
Title Victorian spiritualism and other black comedies
Journal name Meanjin   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0815-953X
Publication date 2011-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 70
Issue 1
Start page 119
End page 125
Total pages 7
Editor Sally Heath
Place of publication Carlton, VIC, Australia
Publisher Meanjin Company
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
An opinion is presented that spirit photographs of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and spiritual performances such as those performed by the famous Davenport brothers on their Australian tour in 1876 are not a tool to exploit the public's stupidity, but a means of displaying the black humour inherent in the Victorian era. It is suggested that expressions of Victorian spiritualism should be considered as works that convey morbid jokes about death and afterlife in an ironic manner, rather than as serious beliefs.
Keyword Australia - history
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Wed, 16 Feb 2011, 12:12:27 EST by Dr Melissa Bellanta on behalf of Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies