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Modernism and MagicExperiments with Spiritualism, Theosophy and the Occult$
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Leigh Wilson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780748627691

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627691.001.0001

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‘Here is Where the Magic is’: Telepathy and Experiment in Film

‘Here is Where the Magic is’: Telepathy and Experiment in Film

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(p.103) 4 ‘Here is Where the Magic is’: Telepathy and Experiment in Film
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Modernism and Magic
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Leigh Wilson

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627691.003.0005

This chapter argues that the idea of telepathy can be seen as fundamental to a reconsideration of mimesis as it challenges the idea of distance – between original and copy, between perceiver, perception and the object perceived. It looks at the genealogy of telepathy, via the Society of Psychical Research, Sigmund Freud and C.S. Peirce, and its imbrication with practices of visual mimesis, and sees in the work of the Russian filmmaker Dziga Vertov a demonstration of film's telepathic abilities.

Keywords:   Telepathy, SPR, Sigmund Freud, C.S. Peirce, Dziga Vertov, G.A. Smith

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