Bridget Bennett
Search for other papers by Bridget Bennett in
Current site
Google Scholar
Crossing over
Spiritualism and the Atlantic divide

Nineteenth-century spiritualism is routinely described as a phenomenon that originated in the United States and spread first across the Atlantic and then world-wide. The phenomenal growth of nineteenth-century spiritualism was made possible by the emergence of new, modern modes of transportation, book and periodical publishing and communications. Paul Gilroy has argued that the trope of the ship is especially important to the theorisation of the Black Atlantic. In her seminal work on spiritualism There is no Death Florence Marryat describes an incognito visit she paid to a New York seance in 1884 that left her a firm believer in spiritualism. Spiritualism was often characterised not just by social mobility but also by geographical mobility. Emma Hardinge Britten was a hugely celebrated British medium and historian of spiritualism who spent many years of her life in the United States and married the spiritualist William Britten.

  • Collapse
  • Expand

All of MUP's digital content including Open Access books and journals is now available on manchesterhive.


Special relationships

Anglo-American affinities and antagonisms 1854–1936


All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 0 0 0
Full Text Views 434 115 8
PDF Downloads 280 31 3