The Trial of Woman by Diana Basham
The Trial of Woman by Diana Basham
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The Trial of Woman

The Trial of Woman examines the impact of the nineteenth-century ‘Occult Revival’ on the Victorian Women’s Movement, both in the lives of individual women and in the literature surrounding ‘the Woman Question’. The book explores the Victorian Myth of Occult Womanhood and argues that the notion of female occult power was deeply influenced by the advent of Mesmerism, Spiritualism and Theosophy. This myth was itself a determining factor in women’s struggle for legal and political rights.

Feminism and the Occult Sciences in Victorian Literature and Society

The Trial of Woman examines the impact of the nineteenth-century ‘Occult Revival’ on the Victorian Women’s Movement, both in the lives of individual women and in the literature surrounding ‘the Woman Question’. The book explores the Victorian Myth of Occult Womanhood and argues that the notion of female occult power was deeply influenced by the advent of Mesmerism, Spiritualism and Theosophy. This myth was itself a determining factor in women’s struggle for legal and political rights.

 

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Published Year

1992

Page Count

253

ISBN

9780333482025

Author

Diana Basham

Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan