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Cock Lane and Common-Sense

Cock Lane and Common-Sense

Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Spiritualism and Esoteric Knowledge

  • Date Published: May 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108072687

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  • Written by folklorist Andrew Lang (1844–1912), this 1894 publication examines the ambivalent relationship the living have attempted to forge with the dead throughout history. Nicknamed 'the Wizard of St Andrews', this prolific polymath also worked as an anthropologist, classicist, historian, poet, mythologist, essayist and journalist, producing over a hundred publications in his lifetime. Largely ignored by scholarship, this book suggests expanding the study of folklore to include contemporary narratives of supernatural events. Taking its title from the legends of the notorious Cock Lane ghost, the work considers the survival of ancient beliefs such as hauntings, clairvoyance, and other phenomena believed to transcend the laws of nature, and how such beliefs have persisted through great social upheaval and change. It includes chapters on savage and ancient spiritualism, comparative psychical research, haunted houses, second sight, crystal gazing, and Presbyterian ghost hunters, among others.

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    • Date Published: May 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108072687
    • length: 380 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction
    1. Savage spiritualism
    2. Ancient spiritualism
    3. Comparative psychical research
    4. Haunted houses
    5. Cock lane and common-sense
    6. Apparitions, ghosts, and hallucinations
    7. Scrying or crystal-gazing
    8. The second sight
    9. Ghosts before the law
    10. A modern trial for witchcraft
    11. Presbyterian ghost hunters
    12. The logic of table-turning
    13. The ghost theory of the origin of religion.

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    Andrew Lang

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